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  • Midway
    Club Member
    • Jun 2021
    • 25
    • Seattle/Tacoma

    Another "Which Grill" ? up to $5000

    I plan on getting a pellet smoker and have the same questions that have been asked many times. Which pellet Grill; I’m open to the following and any others that meet my needs although I hope to get the list shorter, not longer;

    MAK Grills 2 Star General
    Yoder YS640S Yfi
    Memphis Pro
    Pitts & Spitts
    Cookshack Fast Eddy’s

    I had decided to buy a Yoder YS640S Yfi with Competition cart and just moved up the waiting list due to a cancelation. While researching I read the Yoder can be susceptible to rust. While I realize forums tend to blow issues out of proportion, I live in the damp PNW and rust is a concern.

    I currently own a stainless steel LYNX L42PSFR Gas grill that is holding up very well after 5 plus years. My patio isn’t covered and I do grill in the rain and since I don’t like putting the cover over a wet grill, I leave it uncovered until it clears up and the grill dries. That doesn’t seem to hurt the grill at all. I am considering adding an awning so I can put the cover on as soon as the grill cools.

    Based on that I am leaning towards a stainless steel pellet grill and since for the time being I plan on keeping the gas grill, high temperature searing with the infrared burner can be covered with gas. Of course, if I find the gas grill goes unused after getting a pellet grill, I may sell it and save some space. I do cook a lot of stakes on the LYNX and have it dialed in pretty well although without any smoke flavor added.

    I like the fact MAK includes high quality stainless and seems to excel in smoking. I also like the fact it is made just over the Washington border in Oregon. The only concern is the cart and smaller wheels. I have a stamped concrete patio that makes rolling a bit bumpy and I hope to be able to wheel it around the side of the house over 10 yards of lawn and up a slight ramp into a planned shed when needed. The Yoder seems perfect for this and the Pitts & Spitts also has an 8 inch wheel option.

    As empty nesters I usually don’t need a lot of cooking space but I do have three kids that bring their significant others over and we occasionally entertain groups of friends. I can’t know what I’ll typically cook not having a smoker before but know there will be lots of ribs, chicken and vegetables since in addition to steak, I use the grill of those already. I’m looking forward to adding many more BBQ meats to the menu once I get a pellet grill.

    Other considerations: I have two dogs that love to lick up grease if accessible and how easy is it to keep clean (I would purchase a decent ash vacuum).

    Thanks.
  • zero_credit
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 904
    • Near Chicago, IL
    • Current Pride and Joy:

      Masterbuilt Gravity 560

      Joule

      Old (sold) Loves:

      PBC
      Weber 22" Premium

      Thermometers:

      Inkbird
      Thermoworks POP

      Preferred Charcoal:

      B&B Charlogs/B&B Lump

    #2
    There is a very detailed thread here that focuses on a similar decision and a similar set of pellet smokers.

    https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...m-pellet-grill

    Worth reading the thread.

    I put together a excel comparison:

    https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...792#post988792

    Overall, the conclusion was the MAK was the best bet.

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    • Panhead John
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      Here’s just another example of the fine folks we have here in The Pit, spending time out of their day to help out a fellow member. What a comprehensive and detailed response! This is one of the reasons Amazing Ribs is the biggest and best BBQ Website there is.
      Last edited by Panhead John; June 15, 2021, 08:54 PM.

    • zero_credit
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      Thanks PJ. My donation to your re-election fund is on its way.🤣

    • Panhead John
      Panhead John commented
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      Make it a big one please. I ain’t lied that much since I been here.😂
      Last edited by Panhead John; June 16, 2021, 06:44 AM.
  • Midway
    Club Member
    • Jun 2021
    • 25
    • Seattle/Tacoma

    #3
    Originally posted by zero_credit View Post
    There is a very detailed thread here that focuses on a similar decision and a similar set of pellet smokers.

    https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...m-pellet-grill

    Worth reading the thread.

    I put together a excel comparison:

    https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...792#post988792

    Overall, the conclusion was the MAK was the best bet.
    Thank you, I'll read those. I am very close to purchasing an all stainless Two-Star General.

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    • Old Glory
      Club Member
      • Feb 2018
      • 1484
      • Northshore MA
      • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
        XL BGE
        DCS Gasser
        Humphrey's Cabinet Smoker
        Weber Performer

        Slow & Sear
        Vortex
        Ceramic Grill Store Reducer Ring
        Woo Rig;
        Adjustable Rig
        BGE Pizza Stone
        FireBoard
        Pit Bull Fan
        Griddle Store Griddle

      #4
      Out of those choices Stainless 2 Star.

      Though the Stainless Pitts and Spitts looks pretty good as well.

      Just to add one what about Lone Star Grillz

      https://lonestargrillz.com/collectio...rs-coming-soon

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      • glitchy
        Club Member
        • Jul 2019
        • 1272
        • Central IA
        • MAK 2 Star General
          Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
          w/ Big Joetisserie, SnS LP, and Vortex
          Weber Genesis II - S-345
          Weber Traveler
          Fireboard 2 Drive
          Anova Precision Sous Vide
          All the (pellet) grills I’ve loved before:
          Traeger Junior Elite^
          GMG DB
          Traeger Texas Elite
          Memphis Pro§
          Traeger Pro 575
          CampChef SmokePro STX (ugly grills need love too)
          Weber SmokeFire EX4§
          Traeger Select
          CampChef Woodwind WiFi w/SearBox^
          Weber SmokeFire EX4§

          ^ = Favorites
          § = Love/Hate Relationships

        #5
        Minus the Memphis, your list was my short list. I personally wouldn’t consider a Memphis at their prices now that they’re made overseas, but I also had one of the US made Pros before they outsourced and it was a nice grill, just not the right pellet grill for me. I think each of the other grills are likely great, but each has different features, designs, etc. Cookshack is the most unique, but probably will be the best searing machine for small capacities, the P&S I saw was well built, but looks like it’s going to be mostly just a smoker to me. Yoder’s Fireboard integration is cool, and MAK is going to be well built, decent at several things, and very long lasting. Quality wise, you’re likely not going to go wrong with any, you’re regrets are going to be in you don’t match the features you desire. I thought pretty hard about a Yoder, but went with MAK over the paint and fuel efficiency concerns along with the MAK having a larger ‘grilling’ zone that seems to have a little more potential. Though it takes a lot of pellets to cover the price difference, I know I don’t want to be touching up pint every year or two on my go to cooker.

        I know you don’t want to add to your list, but you probably should look at the Lone Star Grillz new pellet offering.

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        • Midway
          Club Member
          • Jun 2021
          • 25
          • Seattle/Tacoma

          #6
          The Lone Star Grillz looks interesting, especially
          • Charcoal grill option with the addition of our main chamber grill grate option.
          Looks to be made of steel though. My grills get wet which is why I like the stainless steel option.

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          • Rob Johnston
            Club Member
            • Apr 2018
            • 697
            • Pittsburgh, PA

            #7
            Buy two or three at that range of price

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            • Midway
              Club Member
              • Jun 2021
              • 25
              • Seattle/Tacoma

              #8
              Originally posted by Rob Johnston View Post
              Buy two or three at that range of price
              Only want one, not sure what your point is. My leading choice is over $4,800 shipped, hence the budget. I don't mind paying less but am willing to spend $5K.

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              • Skip
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 3957
                • Blue Earth, Minnesota
                • LSG Adjustable Grill/Smoker, MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Gasser, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

                #9
                I've hard 3 different pellet grills since 2004 or so. Each one gets a little better. I got a MAK 2 Star last summer and it's a very good Pellet Grill. I'd buy another one for sure. You could easily build a cart with big wheels out of angle iron to set the MAK in then pulling it across your rough terrain. The cart would replace the original wheels. IMO the small swivel that come on a MAK won't roll across your grass.

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                • rwalters
                  Club Member
                  • Aug 2017
                  • 421
                  • TN
                  • MAK 2 Star - MAK 3 Star - Camp Chef FTG900

                    I am not a vegetarian, but I eat animals that are

                  #10
                  I have had many grills and smokers go through my backyard over the past 25+ years… some being quite nice… from gas to charcoal to pellets to sticks. My all-time fave cooker to date has hands down been the MAK lineup of pellet grills

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                  • T-bone
                    Club Member
                    • Dec 2016
                    • 366
                    • Northern Virginia
                      • Traeger Texas 075 (circa 2007)
                      • Weber Genesis Gas Grill (circa 1997)
                      • Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill
                      • Anova WiFi Sous Vide
                      • Tappecue WiFi Temperature Monitoring System
                      • Thermapen
                      • Operation BBQ Relief Volunteer
                      You can take the boy out of Texas, but you can't take the Texas out of the boy.

                    #11
                    I was recently faced with a similar decision and went with the MAK 2-Star. Now I’m impatiently waiting for it to be delivered. Hopefully it’ll ship this week. Best of luck on getting a cooker that best meets your needs.

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                    • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
                      Club Member
                      • Jun 2018
                      • 966
                      • Eastern NC
                      • 2018 MAK 2 Star
                        Charbroil Big Easy SRG

                      #12
                      If the budget is 5k, consider the all stainless 2 Star. Comes with all the racks, wifi, 3 probes, and the front door so really only a few hundred more than the standard 2 star once you order those accessories separate.

                      For the wheels, a few folks on the MAK facebook page have added aftermarket casters to improve mobility over grass and such.

                      Having said that, all the smokers you listed are good... though I'd take the Memphis off the list. Most of the recent purchasers on other forums are having buyers remorse since quality and customer service seems to have dropped and the price increased after moving manufacturing to China.

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                      • Razor
                        Razor commented
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                        Hate to see when a company shoots itself in the foot like that. Unless you are there 24/7 babysitting the production of whatever it is you are making you are left up to their “loose” interpretation of whatever blueprints and BOMs you give them. Then you have to worry about their “sister” company magically releasing a “competing” product for about half the price. Ask me how I know… 😠
                    • Clark
                      Club Member
                      • Mar 2020
                      • 382
                      • Broken Arrow, OK.

                      #13
                      Razor Curious what a BOM is. Thanks!

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                      • Panhead John
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                        Bill of materials.
                    • Clark
                      Club Member
                      • Mar 2020
                      • 382
                      • Broken Arrow, OK.

                      #14
                      Panhead John Thanks!! You are a walking encyclopedia.

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                      • Panhead John
                        Panhead John commented
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                        I hear that a lot! 😂
                    • Tsriddle
                      Club Member
                      • Jun 2021
                      • 4

                      #15
                      SS MAK 2 star. I spent an obscene amount of time researching mine (didn’t have SS back then) and I felt the MAK was the way to go. In addition, the customer service I have experienced (igniter went out) was exceptional. They helped me diagnose the problem during a call and sent the new igniter the same day. The only thing they wanted in return was the old igniter so they could see what went wrong.

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