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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by wolverines View Post
    I was wondering.

    I know MAK used to make a lot of videos promoting the grill several years ago. Do you have any showing the new flame zone in action with maybe a steak or chicken or chops? Just wondering. Thanks!
    We do not have any new professional videos of the current flame zone but I am sure other members can post some clips of what they have done. here is a pic of a steak for dinner Tuesday night (no sear grates just standard MAK wire grates).


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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbbq View Post
    That too has been my experience. When I put the newly designed FlameZone into my 2 Star, set it on GRILL (498F), I put two ribeyes on the exposed FlameZone area (like MAK DADDY, I leave one cover on, one cover off). Man, had a heck of a nice flare-up (the grill was THAT HOT). Since then, I grill my steaks, chops, etc. @ 450F and get spectacular results.

    I've been cooking on pellet grills for 27 years now, and the MAK kicks major butt at high temps. IMHO you really do not need 600, 700, 800F to properly grill/sear steaks. The MAK does an excellent job searing steaks, etc. We often hear from MAK 2 owners who tell us, "Ever since I got my 2 Star, I haven't touched my gas grill once." True story.
    Mrbbq, what is this "GRILL" setting you speak of? Is it part of the firmware update that goes along with the new FZ? I sure hope the firmware update kit waiting list has my name bubbling to the top soon...

    Wolverines, I have been grilling with my MAK2 (w/new FZ) all winter and have not taken the cover off my charcoal grill in months. I nuked my gas grill a loooong time ago. The MAK does it all!
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  3. #13
    The latest firmware we changed the word "High" to "Grill", it still has the same function.
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  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by mrbbq View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MAK DADDY View Post
    LOL, well just be warned on grill mode a nice fatty rib eye (the best kind) might just be on fire if you are not watching it!
    That too has been my experience... We often hear from MAK 2 owners who tell us, "Ever since I got my 2 Star, I haven't touched my gas grill once." True story.

    Yep, that poor bag of charcoal has just been sitting in our garage for over a year now, because I haven't used our Weber kettle at all since getting the new FlameZone!

    In the FlameZone review, when I recommend getting some long leather gloves to protect your hands & arms when using the FlameZone, that was NOT an exaggeration! Unless, of course, you enjoy the smell of burnt knuckle hair!
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  5. #15
    What is the highest temperature the Mak 2 Star can get to with the new flame zone and about how long does it take to get there?

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    The “Grill” setting will take you to about 500. That’s the ambient temp. The actual cooking surface temp is much hotter... closer to 625-650. It hurts to hold your hand over the cooking surface for more than a second or two. Depending on outside weather conditions, I plan on a 25+/- minute pre-heat time of cooking that hot. Personally, I find 450 hot enough for all of my grilling.
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  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by rwalters View Post
    The “Grill” setting will take you to about 500. That’s the ambient temp. The actual cooking surface temp is much hotter... closer to 625-650.
    Yep, pretty much the same temperatures I'm seeing too on "Grill" setting.

    Based on my experience so far, the best pellets to use with this new FlameZone for grilling are either 100% oak pellets or one of the Charcoal-Blended pellets. These seem to give the best BTU's and least ash.
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    27 + year old 22.5" Weber Kettle (still works fine)
    Modified Horizontal Offset Smoker - used mainly for cold smoking.

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by TentHunter View Post
    Yep, pretty much the same temperatures I'm seeing too on "Grill" setting.

    Based on my experience so far, the best pellets to use with this new FlameZone for grilling are either 100% oak pellets or one of the Charcoal-Blended pellets. These seem to give the best BTU's and least ash.
    Thanks for the info! Is 500 the high for when the flame zone is covered as well? I am curious of that setting for pizza.

  9. #19
    I've had a 2 Star for 8 years. Had plenty of discussion with MAK Daddy in the early days regarding searing temps. Had the opportunity to test out some of the interim designs over the years, each an improvement on the previous.

    Just picked-up my new Flame Zone today and you can bet it will be working overtime this weekend. That on top of the new Flash Fire igniter and this thing is a beast!
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    Can’t wait to hear what you have to say after giving the new Funnel FZ a whirl

    Don’t forget the pics...lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokinMAK View Post
    I've had a 2 Star for 8 years. Had plenty of discussion with MAK Daddy in the early days regarding searing temps. Had the opportunity to test out some of the interim designs over the years, each an improvement on the previous.

    Just picked-up my new Flame Zone today and you can bet it will be working overtime this weekend. That on top of the new Flash Fire igniter and this thing is a beast!
    MAK 2 Star -- 26.75" Weber kettle -- Camp Chef FTG900

    I am not a vegetarian, but I eat animals that are...

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