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New guy here coming from Weber. (Looking Large and XL)

Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
edited May 2012 in EggHead Forum
Hello everyone, my name is Steve (living in Central IL) and I am coming over to BGE from Weber.  I own several Weber grills (Weber Gold, Performer, smokey joe etc) and after looking at a Large BGE, this forum and doing some research, I am going to pickup a Large or XL (Old Time Meat & Deli would have to order the XL).  I think I can get away with the Large but the cooking space is a little smaller than my Weber Gold.  But I know there are tier'd systems for the Large to increase cooking space.  

I still cannot get the XL out of my mind.  I am married and have two children (A teen and a 5 yo) and too like to grill out often.  I don't really compete but would love to at some time.  I like throwing large parties and would love to cook chicken and ribs, brisket etc.  I have read several "Large or XL" and the majority say to get the Large and maybe a smaller Egg later on for more cooking space.  Wouldn't an XL just make sense? Are their hotspots on the XL's? I will probably get a Large but cannot stop thinking about the XL.  I just don't want to regret getting an Large. 

Anyways, thanks for having me. It looks like the knowledge on this site is amazing. -Steve
XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
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  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,371
    "I will probably get a Large but cannot stop thinking about the XL.  I just don't want to regret getting an Large."

    Ha, I bought a Large, and a few weeks later bought an XL, intending to sell the L.  I still have both.  I found I could not do my large veggie cooks and meat very well, and that is our standard.

    I use an XL almost every night to cool veggies, so I can cook direct and indirect.  My biggest volume cook was 30 pounds of pork shoulder, which barely fit in the XL.  Understand that you do not have to load and burn extra lump just because you can, and you are very correct that the cooking space is very convenient.

    I also like my XL better than my L for wok cooks.
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

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  • I had the same dilemma about a month ago. I decided to avoid any future regrets and go with the XL, as it is better to have too much space than not enough. To me it made more sense to have the space than have to mess with a tiered system. If the L was 20 inches rather than 18, I would have done it, but 18 is just not enough.  The XL seems huge until you buy it, then it just seems practical.  Don't be concerned about the amount of charcoal used either, a 20lb bag of lump lasted for 40-50 hours of grilling on the XL. I was also a weber guy until now and I would never go back, BGE is amazing. The only way there will be hot spots is if you only light one area and are cooking directly.  The BGE does not have a lot of the common problems faced with ordinary grills. Do it. Buy the XL.
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  • Get the XL. I have L and I love it but if I had to choose again, I would go XL 1st and then L down the road. You'll be happy either way but you have a big family and you'll be cooking for the entire neighborhood before you know it. Yiu can't cook on space you don't have.

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  • bariccardibariccardi Posts: 53
    Go with the XL. The only regret I have with my L is that it's too small!
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    Doc & BeefWellington, thanks for the posts (and pics), you put me at ease a bit about getting into the XL. I need versatility and the XL looks like it fits the bill. The best nearest BGE dealer is about 45 minutes away. I may call and see if they have an XL in stock. I hate to wait! 
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,342
    If you want the XL go for it.  Once you get hooked,  there will be other eggs in your future.  
    Eggin in SW "Keep it Weird" TX
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  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,299
    The only reason I can think of to NOT go XL is money. If that is not an issue, there is no dilemma in my opinion. I got my XL a month ago and look for excuses to use the thing.



    "Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage."

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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    All great advice that I appreciate. I am pretty sure I will be picking up the XL. 
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    Get the XL. I have L and I love it but if I had to choose again, I would go XL 1st and then L down the road. You'll be happy either way but you have a big family and you'll be cooking for the entire neighborhood before you know it. Yiu can't cook on space you don't have.
    Great advice, thanks. 
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • Rolling EggRolling Egg Posts: 1,995
    I own them both as well. Just off of your post I can tell you really want the capacity of the xl. As others have said, if money is no dilema, go XL. I just got a small as well and Im thinking I may like the XL and small combo better than the XL and large combo.I havent cooked ribs or pork butts on my large since owning the XL. I do have the adjustable rig for the large, but there still is just something I like about having all that space to go flat with ribs or whatever. Just my thoughts.
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  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 1,956
    I have a medium and my best recommendation is go with the biggest size you can afford.
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    I own them both as well. Just off of your post I can tell you really want the capacity of the xl. As others have said, if money is no dilema, go XL. I just got a small as well and Im thinking I may like the XL and small combo better than the XL and large combo.I havent cooked ribs or pork butts on my large since owning the XL. I do have the adjustable rig for the large, but there still is just something I like about having all that space to go flat with ribs or whatever. Just my thoughts.
    My thoughts exactly. I can afford the XL, I just hope to get a bit of a deal on one as I want the BBQ Guru as well.  I looked at the Guru website and looks like they have a wifi controller now. Technology is crazy. I don't think I need all that but would like the BGE Guru. I will use it for sure. 
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • gte1gte1 Posts: 376
    You can cook plenty of meat on the large which I own. The thing I don't like about the large is there is no extra room for veggies or other side dishes to be cooked at the same time.

    George
    George
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    You can cook plenty of meat on the large which I own. The thing I don't like about the large is there is no extra room for veggies or other side dishes to be cooked at the same time.

    George
    That is a worry of mine. I know I can stack etc but I think the XL is what I want/need.  I'm going to call around tomorrow to see if I can find one in stock and maybe get a decent price on it.  Old Time Meat & Deli here in Champaign IL does not stock XL's because they said the last time they had an XL, it sat about a year before selling.  I really like the people there and hope they will work with me a bit on price.  I know there is an Eggfest in Peoria IL on June 2nd so I may score a deal on an XL demo if they have one.  I HATE TO WAIT. I will drive a bit if need be.  My wife is from Peoria so we may visit. 
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • doubledouble Posts: 1,214
    Worth the wait if you have to! I couldn't imagine anything smaller than my XL!
    Lynnwood WA
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    edited May 2012
    You guys have sealed the deal on the XL for me. I think I would drive a few hours to pick one up this week if need be LOL. I will be calling around tomorrow. Thanks everyone for emptying my wallet a bit more :-)
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • Don't be expecting a great deal. BGE does not allow discounting so the best you are going to get is a few accessories and maybe a bag of lump. It's ok though. Everyone pays full
    Price for new eggs and if you use them like we do (many times per week) you will more than get your money's worth. I would actually ask for the upgraded Nomex gasket as your negotiating point if you are looking for something that adds value to your purchase. They will send you a free one anyway when you fry yours but if you could get them to install it for you upfront, that would be a great value for you.

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  • GatoGato Posts: 766
    I'm not one to tell you to get a certain size because I have one. I have a large and ended up with a small I found for 200.00 bucks new in a nest. From what you describe I would get the XL or a combination of two eggs.
    Geaux Tigers!!!
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    I will be good with some accessories thrown in the mix. I have a certain price level I want to keep it at and if I can get it near Michigan Jason's deal, I will be a happy man. 

    I just fired up the Weber and used the last of the charcoal. Doing burgers tonight and they are mighty fine.  Getting excited for my search of an XL. I truly appreciate everyone's advice on here and how quickly you all accepted me. That says a lot about the BGE community/family. Can't wait to join it!
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • I will be good with some accessories thrown in the mix. I have a certain price level I want to keep it at and if I can get it near Michigan Jason's deal, I will be a happy man. 

    I just fired up the Weber and used the last of the charcoal. Doing burgers tonight and they are mighty fine.  Getting excited for my search of an XL. I truly appreciate everyone's advice on here and how quickly you all accepted me. That says a lot about the BGE community/family. Can't wait to join it!
    Like any other family, we have our issues but we are glad to have you aboard. Keep us posted on how you fare.



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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    Looks like it's a done deal, but I would have gone with the Large.  Then, after awhile, you'd probably want another ... maybe another large, an XL, etc.

    You said you like to throw large parties and cook chicken, ribs, and briskets.  Those all cook at different times and temps, so an XL is not a "one size fits all".

    I have a large, a medium, and recently got a mini.  Great combination, IMHO.
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  • GatoGato Posts: 766
    Another bit of advice no matter what you end up with. Take your time and explore all your options on accessories. I bought a bunch of stuff real quick before I knew about all that was out there.
    Geaux Tigers!!!
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    All great advice! I know I would rather go bigger than smaller.  I use a few Webers right now that are 22.5" and wish I had more at times.  I can always break out a Weber (I will keep one) if I need one.  I know the XL is right for me and you all have put my concerns to bay, I appreciate that. I may add another BGE in the future but like my clothing, I like it a little big just in case LOL. 
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    Another bit of advice no matter what you end up with. Take your time and explore all your options on accessories. I bought a bunch of stuff real quick before I knew about all that was out there.
    Also, is there any "Must have" item for the XL?
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • Phoenix824Phoenix824 Posts: 243

    Must have Eggesories?  -   Man don't even go there.      Once you have the egg they will all be must have.   I am now cooking 5 nights a week on my XL and the only reason I am not at 7 is I am either out of town or still have leftovers.   

    Plate Setter first though that is must must have.  

    Steve Van Wert, Ohio XL BGE
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704

    Must have Eggesories?  -   Man don't even go there.      Once you have the egg they will all be must have.   I am now cooking 5 nights a week on my XL and the only reason I am not at 7 is I am either out of town or still have leftovers.   

    Plate Setter first though that is must must have.  

    LOL nuff said!
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,347


    Also, is there any "Must have" item for the XL?
    Flip ring with a stone or the XL woo with a stone.  More versatile than the plate setter for about the same  money. 
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704


    Also, is there any "Must have" item for the XL?
    Flip ring with a stone or the XL woo with a stone.  More versatile than the plate setter for about the same  money. 

    Interesting.

    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • Ragtop is right. And so is Phoenix. Any time you ask what is the best_______? On this forum, the answer is $300. :)).

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  • FxLynchFxLynch Posts: 433
    edited May 2012
    Ragtop is right. And so is Phoenix. Any time you ask what is the best_______? On this forum, the answer is $300. :)).
    Truer words have never been spoken
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