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MAK 2-Star General Pellet Grill Review

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Mak 2-Star General Pellet Grill
Mak 2-Star General Pellet Grill

MAK 2-Star

Derrick Riches

Construction Quality
Temperature Control
Smoking Capabilities
Versatility
Capacity

Specifications

  • 429 square inches of cooking space (858 square inches with optional upper rack)
  • 200 to 450 degree F. temperature range
  • 20-pound capacity pellet hopper mounted on the side
  • Quick release pellet dump to empty hopper
  • Electronic temperature control system
  • Powder-coated aluminized steel and 304 stainless steel construction
  • Removable firepot
  • Direct fire grilling capacity
  • Cold smoker/warming chamber
  • Made in the United States by MAK Grills

Full Review – MAK 2-Star General Pellet Grill

PROS

  • Quick heat up time
  • Solid construction
  • Excellent temperature control
  • Large capacity pellet hopper
  • 304 stainless steel cooking chamber

CONS

  • Expensive

MAK Grills grew out of MAK Metals, a metal fabrication company in Dallas, Oregon (Yes, Oregon). With 20 years of experience in metal manufacturing, they decided to take a try at building a pellet grill and after a year of experimenting came up with the MAK 2-Star Pellet Grill. Built to include everything they felt that the perfect pellet grill should have, the 2-Star costs around $3,200USD, a steep price for many, but arguably one of the best on the market.

This sounds expensive for a grill, especially a relatively small grill with 429 square inches of primary cooking space (an additional rack can be added, but is only useful for smoking). Pellet grills are more complicated than other kinds of grills. They have a motor, auger, hopper, and firepot. Don’t worry if you don’t know what all that means. MAK Grills was also insistent that their grill is made entirely in the United States. That means every part has to be made specifically for this grill.

The MAK 2-Star runs at temperatures between 170 to 500 degrees F. While the high end isn’t exactly flaming hot, it is hot enough for decent grilling and at the low end, it is more than perfect for low and slow smoking. This model does have direct fire grilling abilities which makes it better at grilling a steak than many others. Since it is a pellet grill, this unit provides good smoke production and, since it is relatively small, it heats up quickly, reaching a good smoking temperature in minutes and good grilling temperatures in around 10 minutes. The controller on this grill, called the Pellet Boss, is the best in the industry and is fully programmable and monitors both grill temperature and food temperature.

Also, consider the less expensive Mak 1-Star Pellet Grill

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