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    Grease fire. (or how I got angry/frustrated/worried after three cooks)

    So I cooked up a pork shoulder two weeks ago, then some burgers and dogs for the 4th, and then tonight, I cooked up some chicken and after that a flank steak. That all went fine.

    I set my Mak 2-Star to high to what I thought would help clean off the grill. I walked away and about 5 minutes later smelled something funny. I went into the kitchen and it was all smoky (and not in a good way). I ran outside and could see the reflection of fire from inside the BBQ on the grease bucket. I foolishly ran over and opened it. The flames kicked up like Dante's Inferno and the onboard temp read was 765F. I panicked and I blew on it for a second (like a fool #2), got a lungful of smoke, and then closed the lid and powered down. Within a minute, I rapidly got the flames out, plugged it back it and did the powerdown sequence.

    I'm sitting here feeling like a big dummy.

    I'm wondering what I should do tomorrow to troubleshoot it and clean it. I'm guessing Already figure that I'm going to have to replace the frogmat.

    -sigh-
    Last edited by karmacoma; 07-13-2012 at 11:11 AM.
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    I guess just open it and asses the damage,then go from there.Btw did you clean it out after the pork butt?
    Low and slow is the way to go!

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    I didn't, and while I was about to after this cook, it looks like I need to clean after every cook.
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    I have always cleaned my pellet units after every cook.Btw sorry to hear about your unit,and good luck man.
    Low and slow is the way to go!

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    Other than some soot your cooker should be fine. After butts always clean and even scrape the drip pan. I don't always clean after short cooks either but I always do after long ones.
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    Good to know. I took it apart tonight, wasn't going to sleep right if I didn't take a look at it. And it seems fine, just need to give it a good scrub. Does anyone have a preferred cleaner for their 2-Star?
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    I keep posting about cleaning your grill...of the grills I sell the mak is the least likely to have a grease fire. That had to be pretty greasy!

    Also after a long cook always clean your fire pot for best results.

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    Most likely the biggest danger of damage from the fire would be to the thermocouple(temp probe) and the wiring running to it. Once you have the MAK cleaned up, fire it up and see if it reads the temps correctly. One other thing, take a look at the powdercoating on the exterior of the MAK and see if it was damaged by the excessive heat.
    Proud to own the 2012 MAK 2 Star General #829 and former owner of MAK 2 Star #27

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    Well, I looked at it and the flareup was basically at the grease trap, until I opened the top and then it "wooshed" as I call it. It wasn't happening for too long, and I've checked the thermocouple and it's good. The exterior is ok too.

    Thankfully I caught it quickly. Proper maintenance and cleaning will be at the forefront of my repertoire from now on.

    Thank you BBQ gods for teaching me a lesson without damaging anything more than my psyche.
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    wow just about the same thing happen to me around the exact same time period. I have Green mountain grill and I usually clean it after every smoke. On the 4th of July I did about a 5 hour smoke of chicken quarters and 6 racks of pork loin ribs. I thought I would clean up after the next smoke. A few days later I actually decided to grill italian sausage and burgers and I got grease fire in return. Also had a back up in the fire pot, Im assuming from the ash that was left over. Scared me straight. Thank goodness no major damage. Definitely learned my lesson.

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