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Unread 12-08-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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witch one is better Traeger Wood Pellet Grills or MAK 1 Star General

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Unread 12-08-2012, 08:39 PM   #2
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and can u use them at kcbs events?
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I have a green mountain because I liked it better than the traeger but if money was no object I woulda got a mak no doubt. I'm quite sure you can compete with them...
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Yoder YS640 - 10 gauge steel, 150º to 600º temp range, 1070 sq. in. grate room with 2nd shelf, 3 yr. control systems and 10 grill body warranty, $1600 to your door.
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Louisiana grills on the budget. North American made NOT CHHHHHH you know.
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For the higher price range, MAK for sure. GMG makes a very nice grill, they are the closest competitor to a Traeger with regard to performance and built quality, plus a few extras they built into their systems. Stay far away from Louisiana grills, they are junkers.
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whats the better smoker to get then the mak or gmG???
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For the higher price range, MAK for sure. GMG makes a very nice grill, they are the closest competitor to a Traeger with regard to performance and built quality, plus a few extras they built into their systems. Stay far away from Louisiana grills, they are junkers.
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Ever look at the Royall pellet smokers out of Wisconsin. I saw them at the Jack and they are a 100% USA made trying to compete against Trager. Similar to Trager, but try to do it 2 steps better. They seem pretty well built cookers. I know 1-2 teams at the JAck even competed with them. You can also go pick one of them up being it's somewhat local to you.
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whats the better smoker to get then the mak or gmG???
For the price point, GMG. For higher quality, MAK. Either one will serve you well.
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If you live in the East it's a Yoder, if you live in the West it's gotta be Mak. Traeger used to be great but they are now awful. Unreliable and poor quality. I looked at and cooked on a GMG before I bought my MAK One Star. Made in Oregon and solid as a rock..... but pricey. I love it!
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For the higher price range, MAK for sure. GMG makes a very nice grill, they are the closest competitor to a Traeger with regard to performance and built quality, plus a few extras they built into their systems. Stay far away from Louisiana grills, they are junkers.
What is wrong with them?
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I have the MAK 1 Star General and love it...the Pellet Boss controller is heads and shoulders above the current competition!
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The shipping fee is what differentiates Yoder from Mak. Shipping a 200 or so pound smoker across the country costs a bunch of money. As far as I know, we don't have Yoder stores around here. Mak yes.
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I don't own a pellet grill, nor have I cooked on one.... BUTT, I do have 2 friends that have purchased new Traegers in the the past year & both have died/malfunctioned within 2 to 3 cooks, 1 of them was my father in law...... When I asked him if he knew where it was made, he about Sh*t! .... "I thought they were made here" he replied...... They (Traeger's) seem kinda cheaply built to me..... I have seen the yoder's & know a few that have them & that's what I would buy.... Just me
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