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  1. #11
    As a MAK 1 Star owner, and someone who has also cooked on my friend's 2 star a few times here's my take:

    If you want all of the 2 Star's features up front, and have the $$$, then by all means go for the 2 Star. If you want to get into a top notch pellet grill, but would like to do so for a little less up front, then go with the 1 Star and add the FlameZone, and some other features as budget allows.

    Either way, trust me, you will be happy that you went with a MAK.


    P.S. One of my favorite features is the MAK Griddle, which is an add-on with either grill.
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    Agree with Tent, either way you will not be disappointed! And consider buying from our website host.
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  3. #13
    A couple of you guys posted that the smoke flavor on the Mak was cleaner, more focused etc. from a WSM... Well I am a WSM user and I hate the fiddle set PITA... On a different forum on guy said the smoke flavor on a Mak was much lesser than a WSM. I found that somewhat hard to believe. The Mak 2 have seen running was pushing out good consistent smoke.

    Any further discussion on converting from WSM to Mak would be appreciated.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by sandyut View Post
    A couple of you guys posted that the smoke flavor on the Mak was cleaner, more focused etc. from a WSM... Well I am a WSM user and I hate the fiddle set PITA... On a different forum on guy said the smoke flavor on a Mak was much lesser than a WSM. I found that somewhat hard to believe. The Mak 2 have seen running was pushing out good consistent smoke.

    Any further discussion on converting from WSM to Mak would be appreciated.
    I think one of the MAIN differences, IMHO, having once been a total WSM guy, who became a pellet addict in 1991, is the fact that pellet grills burn at a higher rate of efficiency Vs charcoal or stick cookers. So you are getting purer wood smoke, Vs creosote laced smoke, which happens when wood does not burn completely or efficiently.

    The creosote adds a bitter, greasy aftertaste to meat.

    It's also been my experience that you get the best smoke flavor by doing 2 things: Smoke first, cook second. And if you can, once you cook the meat, refrigerate it over night, then warm-up and enjoy the next day. It seems that refrigeration helps the smoke "stick" to the meat. Also, smoking for a longer amount of time---like 7 hours for ribs---does result in a smokier flavor. At least that has been my experience.

    One of the things I really like with my MAK is the fact that you can set-it and forget-it. The grill does all the heavy lifting. I dont have to adjust the airflow or exhaust. I dont have to add fuel or water. it frees me to do other things while cooking on the MAK. And the fact that the food is always fabulous. Once you go pellet, you dont want to cook on anything else.

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    +1 ^^^ totally agree with mrbbq
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  6. #16
    Looking a the MAK website the 1 Star seems to have the pellet dump, yes/no?

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by missin44 View Post
    Looking a the MAK website the 1 Star seems to have the pellet dump, yes/no?
    Yes it does.
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    The smoke on a MAK will be cleaner because the grill burns wood @ 98% efficiency factor. This reduces creosote from contaminating the smoke on the meat, which leaves a bitter aftertaste. Usually stick cookers or charcoal/wood cookers will have creosote intermixed with the smoke. Not so on a MAK.

  10. #20
    The new style flame zone MAKes more smoke then any of the other designs MAK has made. We have used them all.
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