Congrats on the MAK 1 Star. You're gonna to love it!
If Big Poppa hasn't shipped your order yet, you should consider adding on a MAK Griddle. It seems pricey, but it's very well made and adds a lot of versatility to your grill. I've said many times that I think the MAK Griddle is the most under-rated accessory they offer!
MAK 1 Star General #651 - 2014 Model
former owner - MAK 1 Star General #171
22.5" Weber Performer with Stoven Pellet Grill attachment
27 + year old 22.5" Weber Kettle (still works fine)
Modified Horizontal Offset Smoker - used mainly for cold smoking.
The best 1 - 2 punch in BBQs I've found is a MAK2 for smoking and a BPS drum for smoking/grilling or a Weber kettle.
From your comments, get the MAK1 and a BPS drum or kettle (A searing grill is a one trick pony). I love the side smoker/warming tray on my 2 Stars! I never thought I'd use it that much either but I was wrong. Keeps meat warm inside or simply keeps platters warm on top, smokes fabulous cheese. I use it all the time. About your comment (a), the stainless will take a fire box beating and keep on looking great better than the powder coating IMO.
Seriously, with the MAK and a BPS drum you will have the best of both worlds!
BPS Drum Kit & Parts | Big Poppa Smoker