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    Is your GFI Popping Tripping? MAK Not igniting?

    If your Gfi is popping when you start your MAK.....

    Check to make sure all of your cables are intact...sometimes there are issues with extension cords..

    But usually the MAK is giving you warning that the Ignitor Rod is about to go.

    You can still cook you just have to manually light the unit.

    Start by disconnecting the igniter rod from the circuit board....from there you have many options for a manual light...a very small chunk of firestarter in the firepot, a olive oil soaked paper towel a map torch...just get the pellets going with the fan off...if you have the fan on it will usually extinguish all but the firestarter....once the pellets have lit then turn the fan back on put the deflectors and grates back on and you are cooking!

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    Good stuff Sterling! :thumbup:

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    Odd, I just started having lighting issues and then today the 'General tripped the GFCI. Plugged into another and the same result. Had to run it on a non-gfci circuit to cook lunch.

    Calling MAK on Monday to order new rods (want backup)
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    So glad to see this post as my GFI just started tripping when starting my MAK (over the last week or so). My Hasty-Bake was thrilled as it got more use than normal. I'll be ordering a new rod this afternoon. Thanks for the heads up Sterling!
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    Question yes, among other prob

    I've had my grill going on 3 weeks, and it's still not working. First the thermocoupler was determined to be defective- have to wait a week to get another. Then after starting once in manual mode- now not won't ignite. Little frustrated after putting out all this money. Am I the only one having this problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GLA View Post
    I've had my grill going on 3 weeks, and it's still not working. First the thermocoupler was determined to be defective- have to wait a week to get another. Then after starting once in manual mode- now not won't ignite. Little frustrated after putting out all this money. Am I the only one having this problem?
    We are always striving for perfection but sometimes components can fail. If they do fail our job is to take care of you on the service side which we always do. I know its frustrating but hang in there and we will get you up and smoking happily on your MAK for years to come.
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    The customer service at MAK is first class and my 2 star is awesome! It has been heavily used since I received it and I am so glad to know of what indicates it is time to replace the igniter rod. Thanks again for the initial post.
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    What do we expect the lifetime of the ignitor rod to be? Mine seems to have lasted one month (about 5 cooks) before it began tripping the GFI nearly every time it lights. I figured it couldn't have worn out that quickly, so I changed out the GFI. Didn't help. Is this something I'll have to plan on replacing once a month forever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CherkyB View Post
    What do we expect the lifetime of the ignitor rod to be? Mine seems to have lasted one month (about 5 cooks) before it began tripping the GFI nearly every time it lights. I figured it couldn't have worn out that quickly, so I changed out the GFI. Didn't help. Is this something I'll have to plan on replacing once a month forever?
    Wow...that's very odd! Been using my MAKs every weekend for over a year now and only had to replace one on my 2 Star initially (bad batch I think). I'm sure MAK will hook you up with troubleshooting and replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CherkyB View Post
    What do we expect the lifetime of the igniter rod to be? Mine seems to have lasted one month (about 5 cooks) before it began tripping the GFI nearly every time it lights. I figured it couldn't have worn out that quickly, so I changed out the GFI. Didn't help. Is this something I'll have to plan on replacing once a month forever?
    This is certainly not normal but can happen, the igniter is a direct current element and sometimes the tiny wire inside is flawed causing it to fail. Give us a call or email and we will send you out our new HD igniter we developed, these are proving to be outstanding!
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