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    Finally pulled the trigger

    Hi Everyone
    My name is Greg, username may be wondering: i like to fish out of a kayak, im sure you got the connection now

    Well, i finally decided to spend the $, you know go big or stay home. I purchased one of the 2017-2018 Mak 2 star models, it is in the back of the truck now still in the box on a pallet.

    Have to say, i am stoked, i iave been smoking on a webber bullet for 15 years and have had amazing success, love the thing. But, i was ready to take it to the next level in terms of diversity of what i could do, simplicity, and temperature control. I have been looking at this forum and considering options for about 2 years.

    Wife and i have a small cabin on a lake in PA where we plan to retire. Community here is tight and we often meet up around dinner time with food and hang out over some beers. About 3 times each summer one of the neighbors who has a green egg calls me out and challenges me to a friendly smoke off, hech everyone benefits from this one as we bring our results for everyones consumption. I texted him a last week to let him know he was going down because i had a new toy.

    Anyway, hope you enjoyed the intro story, and thanks for your posts and information as i have been in the background learning from them

    Greg (YakHooker)

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    From one newbie to another

    Welcome Greg. I've only been here about 2 weeks or so but am learning a lot. I look forward to seeing your reports.

    Bob Hicks, from Morman Mecca
    I'm 77 years young and going as hard as I can for as long as I can.
    “Free men don't ask permission to bear arms.” - Glen Aldrich

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    Welcome from SoCal Greg! Got my MAK 2 Star last May after spending a couple years with a Camp Chef DLX pellet pooper. I call mine The Beast - the construction is top-notch, the support from MAK is awesome and the range and quality of cooks is outstanding. There is a "learning curve" as you get to understand what foods to cook at what temps using what rubs/preps and serving/saucing, just as any other grill.

    Enjoy, and fire away with any questions!

    MAK 2 Star #3634
    Hestan Aspire 36" gasser
    Blackstone 22" griddle

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    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Welcome from the Hoosier State Greg! IMO you've got the best on the market, and have set yourself up for some wonderful times. Congrats on the new MAK 2 Star. Many of us here are more than willing to answer any questions you might have.

    MAK 2 Star #3623
    MAK 2 Star #1915 now w/another smoker
    Twin Eagles Gasser

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    Welcome!! Great forum & people!

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    Welcome to the forum, Greg!

    I have a passion for fishing too. I have a small rig: 14' Jon boat with a 9.9 HP Evinrude, rigged out with seats, carpeting, sonar, two trolling motors (for the electric only lakes), etc. Gets me into places a regular bass boat won't go .

    Oh and you're going to love that MAK!
    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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    Thanks for all the replys!!! Got the Mak assembled and the initial burn done, cant believe how quick it hit temp. Heck, it is 35 degrees here with a steady wind and it hit 450 no problem. Picked up 3 racks of baby back ribs, skinned, and dry rubbed for tomorrow... mouth watering

    Hey, how do i post pics, is there instructions?


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    Hey Greg, welcome to the forum! Can't wait to see some pics!
    MAK 2-Star General
    Weber Classic Kettle 22-inch
    Homemade Lump Charcoal Burner

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    Senior Member NorCal Smoker's Avatar
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    Jun 2011
    Northern California
    Welcome from NorCal. You will love your 2 Star! Show us some pics of your cooks when you get going.
    MAK 2 Star #500
    Weber Genesis Gasser
    Weber Kettle

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    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Roseville CA
    From one MAK owner to another... CONGRATS and welcome to pelletsmoking! Man, you are in for many years of good eatin’ with your new 2 Star I’ve had my fairshares of WSM’s over the years... and as great as they were/are, I doubt I’ll ever own one again. The MAK has me way to spoiled
    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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