Mak 1 or Mak 2 ??
Drum Smoking Big Poppa Smokers
Loyalty Program
Mak Grills
Mak 1 or Mak 2 ??
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 37

Thread: Mak 1 or Mak 2 ??

  1. #1

    Mak 1 or Mak 2 ??

    Hi Folks

    First time poster. I am looking to purchase either the Mak 1 or Mak 2.
    any noticables differences between the two ?
    Does one smoke better than the other and same with grilling.
    I have seen on other forums that the Cookshack FG500 or 1000 does a great job on the grilling end.
    What can I expect from the Mak. I have seen the FG500 in person but I have yet to see a Mak
    --Thanks

  2. #2
    If you can afford the price difference get the 2 Star General, which has more features:

    - Pellet Dump Door (makes changing pellets very easy)
    - Cold Smoking chamber (on side)
    - FlameZone Drip Pan included
    - Slightly bigger grilling area
    - Stainless steel lid & cooking chamber



    The MAK 1 Star is designed to get you into a high quality MAK and then be able to add features later as budget allows.


    Both grills are more than capable of handling grilling just fine.

    These steaks had a wet mustard coating on them and still grilled up nicely on my MAK 1 Star.




    Others will chime in as well!
    <><
    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.

  3. #3
    2 star for me was the way to go. But I do not use it for grilling right now, but will be trying again. Best cooker with the best support. Just a great product. Either one will do you well.
    Pappy

  4. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by TentHunter View Post
    If you can afford the price difference get the 2 Star General, which has more features:

    - Pellet Dump Door (makes changing pellets very easy)
    - Cold Smoking chamber (on side)
    - FlameZone Drip Pan included
    - Slightly bigger grilling area
    - Stainless steel lid & cooking chamber



    The MAK 1 Star is designed to get you into a high quality MAK and then be able to add features later as budget allows.


    Both grills are more than capable of handling grilling just fine.

    These steaks had a wet mustard coating on them and still grilled up nicely on my MAK 1 Star.




    Others will chime in as well!

    Very nice steaks !
    I read on another forum that the Mak 1 actually was better at smoking than the Mak 2 ?
    does the " full flame zone " work that good..side to side..front to back ?

  5. #5
    I am currently using a ceramic cooker and I love the " strong " wood / charcoal flavor.
    What concerns me is all the ' no smoke flavor" comments in regards to all pellet cookers

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by iwnly View Post
    I am currently using a ceramic cooker and I love the " strong " wood / charcoal flavor.
    What concerns me is all the ' no smoke flavor" comments in regards to all pellet cookers
    I was skeptical as well at first...I had heard horror stories about pellet smokers not producing enough smoke. I can now honestly say the MAK is not one of them...when used with BBQ'r Delight Pellets the smoke is clean and abundant...no "funky" smells at all! But what sets the MAK apart from all the others is the Pellet Boss...just program it...then fuggitaboutit! Lol!
    Cheers!
    JD
    Ps...go with the 2 Star...

    Sent from my DROID3 using Tapatalk 2
    Wine Country "Q" Competition BBQ
    PNWBA Team of the Year...2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2016
    We cook on MAK Grills!
    Proudly sponsored by MAK Grills, Kosmo's Q, BBQr's Delight, and Ravenswood Winery!

  7. #7
    Administrator Big Poppa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    La Quinta California
    Posts
    8,172
    You have more cool accessories with the 2 star as you grow....

    The one star smokes more but the two star is not short in the smoke department especially with the programability

  8. #8
    I have had a few offset smokers and 2 different WSM's.I have also had 3 different pellet smokers and the MAK producers more than enough smoke.
    Low and slow is the way to go!

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Poppa View Post

    The one star smokes more but the two star is not short in the smoke department especially with the programability
    Can you please explain as to why the Mak 1 smokes more than the Mak 2 ?
    .

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by TentHunter View Post
    If you can afford the price difference get the 2 Star General, which has more features:

    - Pellet Dump Door (makes changing pellets very easy)
    - Cold Smoking chamber (on side)
    - FlameZone Drip Pan included
    - Slightly bigger grilling area
    - Stainless steel lid & cooking chamber



    The MAK 1 Star is designed to get you into a high quality MAK and then be able to add features later as budget allows.


    Both grills are more than capable of handling grilling just fine.

    These steaks had a wet mustard coating on them and still grilled up nicely on my MAK 1 Star.




    Others will chime in as well!

    The ONLY other question I have is on the full Length "Flame Zone" .
    I am having a hard time picturing this flame zone to have even heat " left to right " and " front to back ".
    .
    Looking at these steaks the far right looks more " charred " than on the left.
    I like the charrred taste. just a personal preference
    .
    Thanks to all for the quick and very informative information.
    I am starting to like this Mak line !

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •