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I had a mini and sold it. I know people swear by them but I just couldn't find the utility; it was almost toy like to me for the cost. Kind of like they made it just because they could sell them, not that it was real practical.
I'll take a couple of hits for the post probably because I know people have cooked monsterous things on them but in my humble opinion frankly more than a couple of decent burgers fills this thing up in my experience.
I didn't even own it long enought to take a picture of any cooks. My two cents, if you want another Egg, get the small if you have the cash. The small is still small enough to take camping, etc.
I really don't have any accessories for the small. I have everything for the xl and use the small mainly for cooking meat. Its really nice because when we go to river camp I can throw it in the back of the truck by myself. I did that with the xl one time and about killed myself doing it.
Thanks for your insight. It has been quite helpful
"Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great, Here's to "Down Home," the Old North State!"
Med & XL
With the exception of the XL, every egger mini - large needs to invest in the Hi-Que fire grate.
Good question Dave and surprisingly harder for me to answer than I thought it would be.
Obviously there's a size difference between the Small and Mini but maybe not so obvious is how different they behave. With the right accessories, you can do some smoking on the Mini but where it really shines is grilling and searing.
The difference in cooking space is pretty significant. Some things you can fit in a Small: a pork shoulder, a whole chicken (pretty much any way you want it - spatchcock, vertical, etc...). I think the only way you can get a whole chicken in a Mini is if it is a pretty small bird and you wedge it in spatchcock.
I used to think the Small was incredibly responsive to temp changes but after getting the Mini it seems kind of slow to changes in comparison. I just bought a High-Que fire grate to put in my Small in an attempt to get it to heat up a little faster (like the Mini) and I think it helps but I need to do some more testing to get a better idea of how much it helps.
I guess if I had to choose between them I'd have to choose the Small first because of the greater capacity and flexibility in cooking options but the Mini has closed the gap considerably for me.
Way to go, enjoy it. Please post some pics of your cooks with the food on the grill.( I can see what fits and how many...) some day I am going to have me one.Maybe send a pic of the egg on a camping trip, that could help me persuade my presentation. :-))
Thanks Smokesniffer. I will post pictures as soon as I pick it up this Tuesday.
As far as camping we don't , but we do tailgate (49ers)
Do I remember correctly, you live in the Bay Area or close by?
Hope the ribs came out good..I'm doing a corned beef today.
I highly recommend the Woo & the pizza stone for the Small. It'll do all the plate setter does and more.
Seems like some pics of a Small in action might be helpful to see what fits so here's some of mine:
4 chicken leg quarters on a Woo with 10" drip pan on a 8.5" stone
...finished up raised direct with the Woo
Spatchcock - raised on the Woo
7 lb butt
2 QT dutch oven on the Woo (making apple sauce)
2+ lb porterhouse on the cast iron grid
Tri-tip (reverse seared) - room for 2
The Woo is also good for raising a pizza stone in larger Eggs
I have also picked up a 12" wok recently that fits nicely on the Small Woo.
Hope these pics are of some help in seeing the size of the Small and some of the accessories.
Love the pics!! I now cant wait to use my small even more now. The vertical chicken pic made me crack up and it looked delicious to boot. Question, I have a 10" stone...do you recommend I get a 8.5" stone?
I have the 8.5" stone from Amazon as Tom didn't have a 10" stone when I bought my Woo. I was actually thinking of ordering a 10" stone so I can make a bigger pizza on the Small without having to get the BGE 12" stone (seems a little large for a Small).
If I were you, I wouldn't bother with a 8.5" stone.