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    Purchasing a used 2 Star

    Found a 2 star in a Facebook market group that is in really good shape. The asking on it is VERY reasonable, and the guy says nothing is wrong with the smoker, he just doesn't use it. It has been kept in a barn, and appears to be in perfect shape, if not a bit dusty. He claims it is 5-6 years old, but it has the newer style controller on it. My question is how much updating would need to be done on it to bring it close to the 2017 smokers?

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    Ask him what the serial # is. From there the folks from MAK will be able to assist better.
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    The upgrades I would recommend to make it like the newer 2017's are:

    1) Upgrade to the new FlameZone, and...

    2) Upgrade to the new FlashFire ignitor.


    A couple of Add-ons:

    1) If it doesn't have the upper racks, then I'd add those. As scooter mentioned, which ones you order will depend upon the serial number/year model. Big Poppa Smokers should be able to get you whichever ones you need.

    2) If you're getting the new FlameZone, then the newer MAK Griddle & Searing grates are very worthwhile add-ons!




    Here's a write-up on the FlashFire ignitor: The New FlashFire (tm) Ignitor from MAK Grills

    ...and the new 2017 FlameZone, as well as the griddle & searing grate here: 2017 MAK FlameZone, Searing Grate & Griddle - Detailed Review!



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    27 + year old 22.5" Weber Kettle (still works fine)
    Modified Horizontal Offset Smoker - used mainly for cold smoking.

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    I'm picking up the smoker tomorrow, will update once I have the serial number.

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    Ok guys, I have the grill now, this thing is in immaculate condition. If I had been told he bought it a week ago and it just needed cleaned I would have taken his word. My serial number on the grill is 1680, and my firmware says -2,4. As far as additional accessories that I can identify, it has the full upper grate, the full blank grease pan (not sure if this is included or not), and what I believe may be the flamezone, but I'm not sure.

    Edit: I have what would be called the flame zone pan, but I don't think I have the funnel thing that would be a part of the newer version.
    Last edited by jssaylor2007; 12-14-2017 at 12:33 PM.

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    My MAK 2 is #1681, and I love it! I do have the wifi, upper grates (2 halves), Flash Fire, Flame Zone, and cover. Good score on your part, and welcome.
    MAK II Star #1605

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    Let's make that #1605 - close enough. Good years ahead for you!
    MAK II Star #1605

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    Quote Originally Posted by onionhead View Post
    My MAK 2 is #1681, and I love it! I do have the wifi, upper grates (2 halves), Flash Fire, Flame Zone, and cover. Good score on your part, and welcome.
    Are there any upgrades you would consider a necessity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jssaylor2007 View Post
    Edit: I have what would be called the flame zone pan, but I don't think I have the funnel thing that would be a part of the newer version.
    Yep, it sounds like you have the original FlameZone, which is perfectly fine.

    However, if you like to do actual grilling often, then the newer FlameZone is worth getting. I enjoyed our older MAK 1 Star with the FlameZone, but the new FlameZone gets so MUCH hotter at the grate level (because the heat is funneled upward), and makes pellet usage even more efficient. And as I mentioned above, the new searing grate and griddle make it better yet.

    With the newer FlameZone I truly feel like I have an all-in-one grill/smoker.

    It sounds like you got a heck of a deal!
    Last edited by TentHunter; 12-14-2017 at 03:35 PM.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TentHunter View Post
    Yep, it sounds like you have the original FlameZone, which is perfectly fine.

    However, if you like to do actual grilling often, then the newer FlameZone is worth getting. I enjoyed our older MAK 1 Star with the FlameZone, but the new FlameZone gets so MUCH hotter at the grate level (because the heat is funneled upward), and makes pellet usage even more efficient. And as I mentioned above, the new searing grate and griddle make it better yet.

    With the newer FlameZone I truly feel like I have an all-in-one grill/smoker.

    It sounds like you got a heck of a deal!
    Yea, I'm pretty sure I did, and I realized I never even told the price. I only ended up giving 500 for the 2 star.

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