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  1. #21
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    My GFI tripped a couple times last night, so I tried another GfI outlet with the same result. Luckily, it toughed it out and stayed stong at 175-185 for 8 hours once it was done igniting. Kind of a bummer since it's only been used about 8 times, but I saw Bob mention on another post that some of the earlier 1 stars had bad igniters. I called up MAK this morning and bought a new igniter that will be here in time for Christmas Eve dinner. Other than this tiny hiccup, I've really been enjoying my MAK.
    MAK 1 Star General #587

  2. #22
    Tom, when you get your new ignitor, you will be amazed at how easy it is to replace the old one.

    In the mean time you can unplug the bad ignitor and light your grill manually, and easily, by throwing a handful of pellets into the fire pot and light them with a propane torch.
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  3. #23
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    Note to self: Buy a spare ignitor and put it on the shelf....
    MAK 2 Star #3623
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  4. #24
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    I read in the owners manual that it's pretty easy to install. One of my clients has a Yoder, but told me he helped one of his friends replace the igniter on their 2 star. Sounds pretty easy to do.
    MAK 1 Star General #587

  5. #25
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    Installing the new igniter was a breeze. Plus MAK sent me the module to update my software, so I was able to take out two birds with one stone. Took about 15 minutes total, and I fired it up with no issues.
    MAK 1 Star General #587

  6. #26

    2 bad igniters in 6 months?

    Bought my 2 star in June 2015 and the original igniter made it until November (five months). It was quickly replaced with a new igniter rod from MAK. Now that replacement igniter is tripping the GFCI (multiple outlets tried and works on non-GFCI), so it looks like that igniter only survived about 5 months. I emailed MAK support a few days ago and I'm sure they'll get a new one out to me soon.

    Has anyone else had two igniters fail, each with less than 6 months of use? I'm wondering if this is symptom of a different problem.

  7. #27
    I removed my igniter last week end, after a year of use, and it still was working and still looked good, i.e. not swelling. I removed it to replace it with the new FlashFire. Boy does it light up faster now.

  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by cheef16 View Post
    Has anyone else had two igniters fail, each with less than 6 months of use? I'm wondering if this is symptom of a different problem.
    Quick answer = Yes! I had two go out within 6 months, but MAK stayed with me to replace them. Recently I had one swell at the end, and the GFCI tripped. I ordered the Flash Fire, installed it, and wow! What a difference. I used to start the grill, wait around for setpoint, but not now. I start it and am ready to put the meat on. It saves me about 6 1/2 minutes. Easy & good fix.
    MAK II Star #1605

  9. #29
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    The igniter that I replaced back in December failed last month and MAK sent me a new one since I paid for the last one in December. I kinda doubt I'll upgrade to the new flash fire system. I'd rather put that money towards another smoker instead of spending $200 on a more efficient way to start my grill.
    MAK 1 Star General #587

  10. #30
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    Got my MAK 2 around Dec 1. It started kicking off the GFI's around March 1. MAK replaced the faulty igniter. The Flashfire would be nice, but I am reluctant to spend an additional $200 right now. I will wait and see how long the most recent igniter holds up.

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