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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:44 am 
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Hi everyone

My first time on this forum. I'm Australian but live in California and have been getting converted to pellet grills at friends houses over here. I'm now trying to decide which to get - the ones at the top of my list are the Mak 2 Star General and the Memphis Pro. We plan to move back to Australia in a couple of years so whatever I get will certainly be coming back with us.

Firstly - it's awesome that this forum exists and I can see that I can actually buy good pellet fuel back home!

Secondly - I can't seem to see if Mak or Memphis grills are sold in Australia - on this forum it seems to be all about Yoder's and Traegers, which I know are fine grills but I think not what will suit me best.

My questions: does anyone know if either of these are being distributed in Australia? Or if there are plans to? I'd feel better if I knew there was somewhere I could get the power unit converted to 240V so I don't have to buy a transformer, and also if there's after market support. Also what's a 9kg bag of good pellets cost on average?

If you think I'm crazy and should buy something else then also open to that advice!

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:52 am 
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G'day,

Welcome

No one imports the Mak here.. I do know they're quite expensive even stateside.

Memphis pro is not sold here either..

Traeger yes, Green Mountain has recently come down under and then you have Yoder, the yoder is the only brand to actually come from (made and shipped from) the US.

I've got a Yoder myself, very happy with it and its very well supported down here.

I like the look of the Mak 2 star, you could always buy that now and if you do bring it here get a step down.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:01 am 
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Darman,

Welcome!!

from my reading the memphis pro is the way to go however there are a few things to consider in australia.

We are on 240v 50hz and US in on 110v 60hz.
in a few cases the volts/hz will actually throw off the auger/control panel readings where you can get fluctuating temps if you get the wrong inverter.

The other thing is, those are bloody heavy grills. Id expect that unless you are getting your own container that cost of shipping wouldnt be worth it.
Warranty is another consideration as well as spare parts. i would suggest purchase of additional temp probes and hotrod igniters as they are probably the first to go.

in any case, if you are interested in what is avaliable in australia here are your options and if you do buy the memphis pro i want a go! :)
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:28 am 
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Hi darman!

Here's my 2 cents..

Go for a Yoder over there.. Use and fall in love with it you will. Good thing is, its such a robust unit, it will definitely hold its resale value, so u can sell it before you come here... When u get back here, just buy one again ... The price you'll pay for stepdowns, and shipping the beast, you'll get a new one from here with the difference from the sale of your old one over there.. Plenty of shops here stock them now.. So you won't fall short for support..

I own a Traeger based unit, I definitely wouldn't bother wasting time hauling a used one of these things back from there... Definitely not worth it..

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:18 pm 
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My advice, if you can, buy a good used unit of a good brand and learn on it for a couple of years, sell it off and lose a little money and buy New when you arrive back to Aus.

As many have said, to ship one back here could be a costly experience....with the exception of say Buy a Yoder and buy the Australian Complianced control unit for these cookers when you arrive.

Now...if you've got a business brain and a bit cashed up....you can bring a container load of Memphis pro's to Australia and be a distributor.....you'll have to ask Grill-pro what to do as he is the Yoder Distributor here.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:30 am 
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Hi Dave,
We import the Yoder brand into Australia & all YS models are fully converted to 240V & are 100% compliant for Australian law. All the 240V electronics is now completely different than the US 110V model & we keep all spare parts here in Australia. Together with our retailers we offer the leading industry warranty & after sales support.

Both the Mak & Memphis grills are quality grills & we looked at importing into Australia when making our decision.

Neither Mak or Memphis are currently imported into Australia & while it would be great to have them here I would be surprised if anyone imports them to sell.

There is a good choice of pellet grill fuel here. Shipping to Australia is a bit of a killer, 20LB Bags of BBQr's Delight pellets that we import retail for around $35.00 AU per bag, saying that, most of our retailers do really good deals for Yoder customers buying 10+ bags at a time.

Regarding bringing over a US 110V model, unfortunately its not quite as easy as just plugging in a transformer, although this can be done & the BBQ will work, it just wont behave like it is designed to do & behaves in the US. I think that if you purchased a US 110V Mak or Memphis & cooked on it in the US & then brought it back to Australia with you & plugged a transformer in, you would be very disappointed in the performance here.

Not an easy one, but I hope this helps somewhat :D

Cheers, Dave

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Hello Dave,

If you want a MAK Grill then go for it, it definitely is hands down one of the very best consumer/competition smokers out there and compared to Yoder it has heaps more features, that's why they sell for a such a premium in the US vs. Yoder.

In respect of Grillpro Dave's concern over 110v use with a transformer, I have spoken to the very professional team at MAK and they believe there will be no problems, MAK grills are worlds best in keeping constant temperatures and delivering competition quality results.

I had a Yoder YS640 and while it worked great, it did have some shortfalls and issues, so its not perfect by any means, however maybe with full 240v Electrical Compliance some of these issues will be fixed.

I have a MAK 2 Star General in transit to me as we speak and once it lands I will give my opinion and feedback as to its performance and how it compares to the Yoder.
Given the long list of benefits and features over the Yoder, I can't wait to get my hands on it, very exciting.

In respect of what you should do, by all means get your MAK in the USA and cook on it, even if you decide to bring it here and keep it or change for another model like a Treager, GMG or Yoder, I'm sure you can sell it no problem.

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Master Yoder wrote:
Hello Dave,

If you want a MAK Grill then go for it, it definitely is hands down one of the very best consumer/competition smokers out there and compared to Yoder it has heaps more features, that's why they sell for a such a premium in the US vs. Yoder.

In respect of Grillpro Dave's concern over 110v use with a transformer, I have spoken to the very professional team at MAK and they believe there will be no problems, MAK grills are worlds best in keeping constant temperatures and delivering competition quality results.

I had a Yoder YS640 and while it worked great, it did have some shortfalls and issues, so its not perfect by any means, however maybe with full 240v Electrical Compliance some of these issues will be fixed.

I have a MAK 2 Star General in transit to me as we speak and once it lands I will give my opinion and feedback as to its performance and how it compares to the Yoder.
Given the long list of benefits and features over the Yoder, I can't wait to get my hands on it, very exciting.

In respect of what you should do, by all means get your MAK in the USA and cook on it, even if you decide to bring it here and keep it or change for another model like a Treager, GMG or Yoder, I'm sure you can sell it no problem.

great work on taking the risk to bring one out Master Yoder, i watch with anticipation.
the concerns we have raised are around not the voltage but instead the hz 50 vs 60. it messes with timings and readings depending on the method of measurement and control.
i look forward to seeing one and im still waiting for the invite on the pizza day

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:34 am 
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Irrespective of brand etc, if your going to bring a USED BBQ Into the country be careful as the quarantine guys will have a field day with you... If it's a brand spanker with no grease or food on it... It will be much easier to get through the import guys. I think i recall reading somewhere that they have great issues with this... Just something to think about.

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Master Yoder wrote:
Hello Dave,

If you want a MAK Grill then go for it, it definitely is hands down one of the very best consumer/competition smokers out there and compared to Yoder it has heaps more features, that's why they sell for a such a premium in the US vs. Yoder.

In respect of Grillpro Dave's concern over 110v use with a transformer, I have spoken to the very professional team at MAK and they believe there will be no problems, MAK grills are worlds best in keeping constant temperatures and delivering competition quality results.

I had a Yoder YS640 and while it worked great, it did have some shortfalls and issues, so its not perfect by any means, however maybe with full 240v Electrical Compliance some of these issues will be fixed.

I have a MAK 2 Star General in transit to me as we speak and once it lands I will give my opinion and feedback as to its performance and how it compares to the Yoder.
Given the long list of benefits and features over the Yoder, I can't wait to get my hands on it, very exciting.

In respect of what you should do, by all means get your MAK in the USA and cook on it, even if you decide to bring it here and keep it or change for another model like a Treager, GMG or Yoder, I'm sure you can sell it no problem.


Look forward to your review on the Mak! What are the advantages over yoder would you say? I do like how you can dump the pellets out te bottom of the hopper, that's a neat feature.

Also in that price point in the US is the Fast Eddys PG500.. Now that looks like a real nice unit too!

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