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  1. #11
    wolverines - all input welcome! There is a lot I really, really like about the MAK - the quality of the construction, the pellet dump, wifi, the design of the FZ, the direct cook capability (steaks and chicken come out sensational), the ease of cleaning, the size of the cook chamber to handle as much on the upper grates as the main grates, the warmer box, etc.

    I will be monitoring, but my intention is to let the Pellet Boss do it's designed "thing" for various cooks and then see how I like the results. I have been second-guessing based on my independent temp monitoring and tending to adjust the PB's settings. So my results right now are "mixed", particularly for mid-range cooks (250-275) as I have tried to manage to the Fireboard/Thermoworks ambient temps. Time to commit to letting the MAK cook as MAK designed it to cook and then judge.
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  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by MAK DADDY View Post
    When the grill is brand new it will have a lot heat refraction from the shiny stainless, as it breaks in (season's) it will become much smoother. Just keep smoking
    Yep! This is very overlooked IMHO.

    When the stainless is new and shiny (especially the underside of the drip pan) it refracts very differently because it reflects the infrared light/heat. As it dulls and darkens a bit it will start to absorb and radiate that same infrared, and the grill temps will stabilize quite a bit and the grill becomes more efficient.

    I've had three MAK's so far and this has been the case with all three of them.



    As far as setting the grill temp to compensate for actual grate temps, I don't worry so much about what the actual grate temp is. Instead, I've simply learned what temps to set on the PelletBoss for various types of cooks. It's a lot less strain on my old brain!

    It's exactly like you said, "Bottom line: know your smoker and you will consistently get Good Eats!"


    Glad you are getting to know and enjoying your new MAK!

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    It was just a bit unnerving having to deal with temp swings while trying to make a good dinner when it hadn't been a problem for the last 4 years. This was smoke #4, after very long smokes for a brisket and 2 separate butts. Guess it's still not settled in. It'll get there I'm sure. These MAK's are wonderful pieces of equipment. Though, I most likely will not be using the Bear pellets again.
    Last edited by mcschlotz; 07-18-2018 at 01:51 PM.
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  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by mcschlotz View Post
    It was just a bit unnerving having to deal with temp swings while trying to make a good dinner when it hadn't been a problem for the last 4 years. This was smoke #4, after very long smokes for a brisket and 2 separate butts. Guess it's still not settled in. It'll get there I'm sure. These MAK's are wonderful pieces of equipment. Though, I most likely will not be using the Bear pellets again.
    The newer grills flame zone system works way better at pushing the heat directly where its used (where the food is), trade off is less pellets being used to maintain temps and more time between pellet dumps creating more variance at times. Miles better at getting to temp faster and much hotter grilling temps plus more smoke at higher temps. I only use Bear mountain pellets, they are made right up the road
    Last edited by MAK DADDY; 07-18-2018 at 02:53 PM.
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    Agreed! I've experienced a significant reduction in pellet usage, it gets up to temp VERY fast and more smoke at higher temps. That combined with the newer racking and internal grease trap (critter prevention) is why I bought the 2nd 2-Star. Just need to get this unit calmed down (more seasoning) so the temps become more stabilized. Pellets...well I'll stay with BBQ'rs Delight but I'm glad to hear Bear Mountain brand is working for you.

    BTW: is case anyone else has the opportunity to put in a previously used WiFi accessory (saved mine from #1915), it remembers the settings when it was initially setup. No need to go through that process.
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  6. #16
    Is 255 at hour 4 and 260 at hour 5 on SMOKE setting normal? I put a butt on 5 hours ago and those are the last two observed readings. Running Lumberjack comp blend. It's been on SMOKE setting the entire cook. The only other time I looked was fairly early on, probably 1.5-2 hours and it was reading 235. If the internal temps run higher than the PB reading by 15+, which seems to be the consensus, these seem like excessive overruns. But perhaps there's some kind of user error on my end? This is my first MAK, so not sure.

    EDIT: I'm cooking on the top rack and put a Maverick TC next to the butt, middle of the top rack towards the rear of the cooker. Maverick is within 2-3 of the PB right now with the Maverick reading 252 and the PB reading 255. So the stock TC seems pretty spot on, but temps are certainly running high.

    EDIT: See below, it was user error!
    Last edited by rzrbrewer; 07-22-2018 at 05:52 AM.

  7. #17
    Eeesh, I feel a little bit foolish this morning but I need to give everyone an update regarding my temps. It was 100% user error. I woke up this morning and cleaned out my fire pot on the MAK 2* and ashes were overflowing out of the pot. Cleaned her up, set to SMOKE, put on a naked fatty and she's performing beautifully, hovering around 185. Lesson learned for me!

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    Curious, how many smokes had you done without cleaning the pot out? Which brand of pellets?
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  9. #19
    Not saying to stop using those pellets as some seem to really like them but just an FYI we have had quite a few others have trouble with heavy ash buildup and clinkers in the firepot. If you keep the firepot cleaned out after every cook that will help.
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  10. #20
    TC looks fine, as long as it has the stainless color it will read accurate.
    Again, depending where you place your roaming probe you will get different temps. The MAK TC is just measuring the average pit temp inside the chamber from it's location in the corner.
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