I have been a Cookshack "fan" since 2011 based on both quality build and customer service. I have both SMOKER FEC100 and GRILL FEPG1000. Both units have not disappointed. The Grill is also a "small" smoker. Not sure if the MAK 2 has a direct side but that is the best part of the FEPG. You won't find a better steak cooker! I got rid of my gas and charcoal grills after they sat idle for about two years.
Best of luck.