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Need help determining which smoker

Discussion in 'Pellet Smokers' started by gh2010ism, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. gh2010ism

    gh2010ism Newbie

    I'm between the Mak 1 star and the Yoder ys640 with comp cart. Any input would be appreciated. I have been reading on both the Mak and Yoder forums still hard to tell. Yoder seems to have alot of issues atleast the issues are still recorded on their forum.. I don't see alot of issues with the Mak per the Mak forum but they may just delete the bad ones not sure. I like that the Yoder is bigger and I like the comp cart with the big wheels. The Mak is smaller and as super small wheels and they are priced about the same. Overall from the youtube vids I have watched it seems the Mak seems to smoke more consistently but again this is just from youtube so again hard to tell. any input is appreciated thanks.
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  2. retfr8flyr

    retfr8flyr Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't have either but between them I would go for the Mak. I know the Yoder has lots of followers but it doesn't really impress me. It's true the Yoder is built like a tank but they only use paint for the outside, you will constantly fight rust problems, for one thing and I just think the Mak has a much better design and definitely a better controller. I couldn't afford either one of them and then I ran into a fantastic deal on the Traeger Timberline 1300 and got it, I really love it so far. Have you checked out the 1300? Traeger has fixed all the early teething problems and it's rock solid now.
  3. gh2010ism

    gh2010ism Newbie

    I have not I try to buy USA made products when I can. I have heard the yoders have alot of issues and I wonder if people work on them more than they get to smoke on them. I like the looks and the comp cart also more space than the mak but I don't want to be working on the thing I wanna be smoking on it lol.
  4. retfr8flyr

    retfr8flyr Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That is a Chevy Pickup vs a Vette! What are you going to do with it? You making 6 Butts for big parties a few times a year. Or dinner for the wife and a couple of kids? Big wheels? You planning to move it over varied terrain from patio to the garage each use? Or will it sit covered on the patio all season in one spot? After all my research, including both of your choices, I looking hard at the Kuma Platinum SE. My favorite features, quuck unloading of the pellet hopper and the burn pot is separated from the auger. No chance of the fire back burnig through the auger tube to the hopper. Just some things to consider...JJ
  6. gh2010ism

    gh2010ism Newbie

    Yes I would move it from the garage each use and may bring it on a few camping trips. The comp cart ys640 just really looked like what I wanted until I started digging deeper. Now it sounds like yoder want you to pay them to be a grill mechanic for them lol. Out of the yoder forum and facebook its non stop rebuilding yoders. I had never heard of the Kuma and it looks like a fine grill I guess my I'm going to look at Kuma,Mak,and Pitts&Spitts for the time being.
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  7. retfr8flyr

    retfr8flyr Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I looked hard at the Kuma because of all the great features. I finally decided it was just too small internally, the grill area is only 15 inches deep and I just felt it was not large enough for me, especially at that price. You could also look at Smokin Brothers Premier lineup. They have a good reputation and come with the Savannah Stoker controller, one of the best in the business.
  8. I looked hard at the Kuma and YS640 before settling on a Blaz'n Grill Works Grid Iron. With the pro shelves, it has all of the space that I'll need and with the competition cart upgrade, it goes in and out of my garage easily. Easy fire pot clean out and pellet dump features are great. I worried about auger tube burn-back at first, but have found that it is a non issue.

    I'm very happy with my purchase. May upgrade the controller to wifi this spring.
  9. schlotz

    schlotz Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    In/out of garage isn't a problem for the MAK. Camping transport via pick-up, it takes two strong guys to heft it up into the bed. The rest is a pure joy to work with. One of the best decisions I've made was going straight to the MAK.