Soon to be new pellet smoker in MA, Mak 1 vs Mak2
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    Quote Originally Posted by eva21n View Post
    Is Mak 1 really worth it? I read about it, but live opinions would be of more help. My personal point of view is that the price is too high for the model. I mean, yeah it’s not that important when we speak of smokers, but still the price is really high. Other smokers are more affordable - Choose The Smoker Best Suited to Your Needs - Buyers Guide 2018 I didn’t manage to decide which smoker I want to buy yet, I need one which works ok with colder temperatures too (for different kinds of meat). I thought on Camp Chef, but I guess that it’s better to search for a little bit more. Please help me out.
    The short answer is you get what you pay for. If the driving decision point is financial then get the best you can afford. I will offer one piece of advice... all to often people go through a 'climbing' purchase process. Buy-one, use, become dissatisfied for some reason or another, then buy again, repeat.... This ends up costing them a lot more than if they would have bought a top of the line model. The advice: Buy-once-cry-once.

    Do your research and you will be hard pressed to find any discouraging reviews on MAK's, they are that good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcschlotz View Post
    The short answer is you get what you pay for. If the driving decision point is financial then get the best you can afford. I will offer one piece of advice... all to often people go through a 'climbing' purchase process. Buy-one, use, become dissatisfied for some reason or another, then buy again, repeat.... This ends up costing them a lot more than if they would have bought a top of the line model. The advice: Buy-once-cry-once.

    Do your research and you will be hard pressed to find any discouraging reviews on MAK's, they are that good!
    eva21n - I definitely second what mcschlotz posted, particularly the Buy Once- Cry Once. I am close to purchasing a MAK 2 Star, I just have to wait until I sell my Camp Chef DLX (bought in 2016) before SWMBO will bless the purchase.

    The CC SmokePro DLX was my first pellet smoker, a great little smoker that has taught me a lot about smoking and about pellet poopers in general. It has a lot of great convenience features: easy firepot cleanout via ash dump where you do not need to take anything out of the cooker to dump the firepot: pellet hopper dump to swap or cleanout pellets; decent controller for temps.

    BUT - after 2 years, and after spending money to upgrade to get the CC to perform more like the higher end smokers (put in SmokeDaddy Pellet pro PID controller after 2 stock controller swaps, swapped hot rods 3 times, nomex tape to reduce air "leaks" around cover door; rack kits to increase cooking volume and some other, minor mods), I am looking for better/more.

    Built-in Wifi, direct flame capability, better temp control and temp range, and will stand up to the sea air where I live. There's more, and I do not regret the CC, but look hard at the differences before you go "lower" - not a bad choice, but you might find that Buy Once - Cry Once is a very sound approach.

    God hunting!

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