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How useful is the mini?

fiercetimbo17fiercetimbo17 Posts: 135
edited 9:09AM in EggHead Forum
I've been wanting a smaller egg for a while, I only cook for 2 98% of the time and firing up the large for burgers or steaks I feel is excessive. The website says one steak but my search shows many people saying they can cook for 2 on it. So my question is a mini useful enough to cook for 2 or am I going to be left wanting a small?
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  • Lawn RangerLawn Ranger Posts: 5,466
    I love the mini, and use it far, far more than I ever thought I would. I take it camping, and really use it more and more at home doing small cooks for one or two. it is really quite versatile. I don't think you would be sorry. That said, I love my small, as well. Guess I didn't help much, huh? ;)

    Mike
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  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 9,696
    I put this video together a few weeks ago just to answer that type of question.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYGge_k7FUI

    Spring "Mini Me Make Movie" Chicken
    Spring Texas USA
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  • asianflavaasianflava Posts: 313
    fiercetimbo17 wrote:
    I've been wanting a smaller egg for a while, I only cook for 2 98% of the time and firing up the large for burgers or steaks I feel is excessive. The website says one steak but my search shows many people saying they can cook for 2 on it. So my question is a mini useful enough to cook for 2 or am I going to be left wanting a small?

    I feel the same way except, I went from an XL to a Lg. I pretty much just use the XL for smoking multiple large briskets.
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  • BeliBeli Posts: 10,751
    We are a 3 member family. This are my usage statistics:
    MINI. 60%
    L. 30%
    XL. 10%
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,422
    Have large / small/ and mini. Use the mini most now. Just two of us for the most part.
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    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    here in Fl we have a lg, md and mini.. the mini works 5-6 days a week. the others are fired up if we have company LOL
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  • deepsouthdeepsouth Posts: 1,788
    i'm going to have to stop neglecting my mini..... i use my large and small 95% of the time, split pretty evenly.
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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 3,789
    I have a Mini and Small. I think the Mini is fun to cook with but I would rather cook on my Small.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    So many folks say get the small over the mini at times I really get torn on which one to reccomend over the other.

    There is my wife and I most of the time. We have the L,M,S & mini. I have had my mini going on 3 years now and since getting it I have only used the small 6 to 10 cooks since.

    We usually have ourselves and one to 3 grand kids and I will go to the mini - of course depending on what we cook.

    I love the mini and like Mickey use it most of the time.
    I always smile when loading it with lump as it just takes a cup or two and gets to temperature really quick. Odd I haven't done any steaks on it...

    I do use the mini woo all the time which is available from tjv at the Ceramic Grill Store.

    Here is some other cooks.
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    Remember the small will do all this too.

    GG
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  • I had the mini first, then got the small. I use the small more, an now the mini is mostly used for travel/tailgates/boating.
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  • I have a Mini & a Large. Use my Mini all the time. Perfect for two. You can fit a dozen drumettes, four bone-in thighs, a few hot dogs, or two average-size steaks. I posted about my Mini over on the Weight Loss forum a while ago--the 9" cooking surface provides a bit of portion control. I also use it for individual pizzas and baking small desserts, too.
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  • Jupiter JimJupiter Jim Posts: 1,625
    I love my Mini,
    Corn
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    Two big Pork Chops.
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    I'm sorry I don't have any pictures of two Ribeyes on the Mini but I do them all the time.
    I have done three on the Mini as well.
    We call her Piglet and she travels with us too.
    Jupiter Jim
    I'm only hungry when I'm awake!
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,383
    Don't know where you live, but around here, the mini is perfect for cold weather cooking. It lives here all winter (a small wouldn't fit)...

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    And if you forget to close the dome before a blizzard, it doesn't matter! :laugh: :blush:

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    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • I thought long and hard before getting a Mini. went back and forth between the Mini and the Small and finally decided on the Mini.
    I love my mini and use it all the time (2 adults + 2 girls). better for afterwork cooks than firing up the large.
    A small will give you more wiggle room. If cost isn't a factor, get a small.

    If portability is important, go for the Mini. You'll be less likely to throw your back out moving it.

    If you do get the mini, get the mini woo ring or buy an extra grid and make a raised grid setup. the key to it's versatility is the ablity to cook higher and/or indirect - which both of those options will enable you to do.
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  • I think I might get it, it's on craigslist for pretty cheap
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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 3,789
    If you can get a deal then buy it.
    You can always flip it if you change your mind.
    Eggs on Craig's List don't last long at a good price.
    I bought mine on sale for $150.00 new 2 years ago.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
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  • Even though I said I use the small more, I sure cooked a ton of stuff on the mini, before I got the small.

    More will fit on there than you think.

    These 3 lobster tails weighed 2 lbs., 10 oz. each.

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    2 racks of lamb:

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    It is a perfect grilling machine and burns for about 4 hours at 400 degree dome on a full load of lump.
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  • I myself and struggling with the exact same question. I think I've about decided on the Mini, but i'm going to wait until I go to the Gulfport Eggfest in April to see a few in action and compare.
    I hope to be coming home with one that weekend too!
    War Eagle and pass the Sauce!
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  • I think I might get it, it's on craigslist for pretty cheap
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  • If it's on Craigs List, jump on it! Good luck!
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  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,670
    I have a large, small and mini. I do use the mini more that I thought I would but also consider it the 3'rd egg with lrg./ small being the combo that suits me best.
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    Those pictures are just not fair. The price of lobster out here I would have to hire private security. Nice, keep em warm I am on my way.

    Kent
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  • Great video! Who is the cook?....You?
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  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 9,696
    No, I'm not that creative. I go for simplicity. The Mini does that and more.

    The photos are an accumulation of Mini cooks posted on the Forum by some obviously creative Eggheads. I just thought it was time for people to see what a Mini can do in the right hands.

    I'm actually accumulating photos for Mini Movie II. Don't wait up for it because it takes a while.

    Spring "Any Mini Will Perform Magic" Chicken
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  • It is worth it if only for the smile that it puts on my face.

    Seriously! It is very functional and I use it all the time.

    Buy and enjoy!
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  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    I love the second picture :>)
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