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Looking to buy my first Egg, which to get L or XL

KeithwwKeithww Posts: 62
edited 5:42AM in EggHead Forum
I'm looking to get my first egg, and can not decide on the large or extra large, I have 4 kids, and like to cook for left overs, so I'm thinking extra large. But I have also considered getting a large this year and talking the wife in to a second large next year. I will cook a brisket and 3 slabs of ribs at one time in my current smoker, but I would like to be able to cook a little more, and to not have all the fire tending issues.


  • Based on what you want to do with it I would recommend the two-Egg approach ( 2 Large, or a large and a medium). It allows you to cook at two different temps at the same time, which gives you a lot of flexibility.

    Owner of a large, formerly owner of an XL (which I also liked very much)
  • aaindaaind Posts: 235
    XL are really big ,can almost put a hog in there,I got a large 1st I just love it ,but now I also have a small ,it seems to be the trend , after the 1st one they seem to follow you home, like a cute puppy in the window 100_0545.JPG
  • HammerHammer Posts: 1,001
    I have both sizes; and use them for different reasons. It depends on how often you cook on the egg and for how many that the benefits of each size come into play.
    I perfer to cook on the XL for the room and capacity; but not always practical; wheras the large makes more sense.
    If I was to advise you based on what you said about four children; leftovers etc; I would suggest the XL.
    Just my opinion!
  • TommyTommy Posts: 116
    I have and XL and bought it based on the idea that it is hard to have to much grill space. The more you put on the grill the easier it is to move stuff around if you have a little space left over.
    However, and I've never used any other size but I think your fuel consumption will be less and I think the plate setter has more room under it on the large, but I don't know that for a fact. On the extra large it's kinda hard to put a drip pan between the grill and plate setter. I just cover it with foil and let it drip.
    But what ever you decide it will be better than no egg at all.
    I'm a happy camper.
  • TommyTommy Posts: 116
  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    We got a large first and add a small later. We wanted to be able to take it camping and such. I love them both! the small is surprising with what it will hold.
  • KeithwwKeithww Posts: 62
    Thanks, I think I'm still leaning to the XL,

    1) it can handle a huge bird,

    2) I would like to be able to do an entire rib roast. (all though this new years, I cut two ribs worth of meat off, cut that in to steaks and marinated it for two days, and that was pretty tasty)

    3) A bird in the hand, there would be no guaranty of ever getting that second egg.
  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    We did a 24 pound fresh bird in the large for Thanksgiving this year. He was shoe horned in there but all was fine. We Used the mad Max's recipe and it was very tasty!
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