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    Should I be considering any additional brand of Smoker

    Hi All,

    I have started my eval for a smoker. I tend to put more effort in than is required. Should I be looking at any other models? I am hoping to stay in the $1000 range, but I do understand the "buy once, cry once" theory.

    This is what I am looking at - copy of some columns in my spread sheet:
    Model URL MSRP Price
    Camp Chef Wood Wind 24 with Sear Box WoodWind 24 $1,000.00
    Grilla Silverbac Alpha Silverbac Alpha $799.00
    Rec Tec 590 Rec Tec RT-590. $899.00
    Mak 1 Star Mak 1 Star $1,999.00
    Yoder Grills Yoder480S WiFi $1,579.00

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    I binge watched youtube videos and I believe that I have settled on the Grilla Silverbac Alpha

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    Congrats. Those are nice. Looking forward to some of your cooks & how you like!

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    If you're willing to spend the extra money, definitely go with the MAK 1 Star! It now includes the FlameZone in the base price, and let me tell you that grill is built like a tank and absolutely ROCKS!
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    I second the MAK selection. It is really hard to find anyone that has ever been displeased with the performance of their MAK. These things work and do it WELL!
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    Thanks guys

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    Do your research, buy the best and only cry once.
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    Thanks scooter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcschlotz View Post
    I second the MAK selection. It is really hard to find anyone that has ever been displeased with the performance of their MAK. These things work and do it WELL!
    huge thanks. i never heard of them to be honest. but will do my research. hopefully they are indeed so good.

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    It is very hard to find negative comments about MAK and there is a good reason for that.
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