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What do you like best about your small,BGE ?

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  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 1,768
    Interesting pricing, I'd go for the mini @ that price. Here in Seattle at a top notch dealer mini $391 small $475, I opted for the mini but that price gap the small would be the option if you are on the fence.
    Seattle, WA
  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    Interesting pricing, I'd go for the mini @ that price. Here in Seattle at a top notch dealer mini $391 small $475, I opted for the mini but that price gap the small would be the option if you are on the fence.
    I'm going to call him when I get off of work and call a few other stores somewhat close for pricing as well. $475 for a small would be great. I bet he put the plate setter price in with the small (which I would want). He sold his last small last Friday and has more coming in on the 26th. I really want to see them side by side.  Love the portability of the mini though. We will see.
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    I read the email response again from the dealer and plate setter was not included in Small price. I'm going to call around. Seems like a hefty price for the Small. I just bought an XL from him, cut a brother a break! :)
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
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  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,130
    Sgt93, you will be amazed at how easy it is to justify another egg purchase.  We started off with a large and by the 4th year we saw the need/usefulness of the small and then a year later we justified the purchase of the mini.  :-)
    Eggin in SW "Keep it Weird" TX
  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    Sgt93, you will be amazed at how easy it is to justify another egg purchase.  We started off with a large and by the 4th year we saw the need/usefulness of the small and then a year later we justified the purchase of the mini.  :-)
    I already know I want another one.  My biggest problem is choosing between the Mini and the Small. I want portability and usefulness and I think both offer that.  I like the price of the Mini better and something inside me really wants to get the Mini :)) I am sure the Small would be of more use though.  Waiting for the dealer to get some more smalls in so I can go and compare the two next to each other.  What do you use more, the Small or the Mini?
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
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  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,130
    Sgt93 Hope these photos help you decide which one...why not two :-)

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    Eggin in SW "Keep it Weird" TX
  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    :)) I would love them both. Maybe in the future.
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
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  • CowdogsCowdogs Posts: 463

    I know this will piss some mini BGE lovers off, but I don't think the mini is a real BGE.  The lack of a platesetter is my main reason for saying this.  Some people will point out they can cook indirect on the mini with some homemade rigs or the woo ring from ceramic grill store .... but once you've raised the grid you can't really fit much food into the mini.  The second reason I'm a non-believer is because I think what makes the BGEs a great grill is the large amount of vertical space you can create between the fire and the food ... and again the mini comes up a little short (pardon the pun).

    The mini does share one attribute of the other BGEs ... it is very heavy for the amount of grid space it provides.  If I wanted a little direct cooker for camping or tailgating, I would get $30 Weber Smokey Joe and a bag of lump charcoal.  The Smokey Joe has a vent on the bottom, and a vent on the top, and charcoal in the middle ... and that all you'll need to cook some good food.

  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    I actually have a Smokey Joe (about 2 years old and used twice). Mine doesn't have the bottom vents. Not very happy with it and tried to give it to my FIL this past weekend but he didn't want it :)) I bought him a 22.5 Weber Gold for his B-Day.
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    it's portable
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    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • CowdogsCowdogs Posts: 463
    I actually have a Smokey Joe (about 2 years old and used twice). Mine doesn't have the bottom vents. Not very happy with it and tried to give it to my FIL this past weekend but he didn't want it :)) I bought him a 22.5 Weber Gold for his B-Day.


    The Smokey Joe Gold does not have a bottom vent.  They moved it to the side ... above the charcoal :-O
    So stick with the Smokey Joe Silver.

  • scottc454scottc454 Posts: 70


    Where are you located and do you want to sell your small?



    Denver. I could be convinced to sell it but haven't really decided yet.
  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 1,768
    edited June 2012
    I did 8 inch wood fired pizzas on the mini for the family, 4 pizzas @ a cost of $2 for all 4 if that in supplies. On those nights we've skipped the standard $24 pie we usually get for pizza night. Smokey Joe can't do pizzas. Over time mini will pay for itself :) .
    Seattle, WA
  • CowdogsCowdogs Posts: 463

     

    I did 8 inch wood fired pizzas on the mini for the family, 4 pizzas @ a cost of $2 for all 4 if that in supplies. On those nights we've skipped the standard $24 pie we usually get for pizza night. Smokey Joe can't do pizzas. Over time mini will pay for itself :) .

    What makes you say the Smokey Joe can't do pizza?  Load it with lump and put a stone (or 2) in it, and you could make 12 inch pizzas.
    See --> http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=74420

  • NewportlocalNewportlocal Posts: 474
    Interesting thread. I have a smokey joe in the garage. It's not a bad design and I used it for years when I would car camp. I prefer the flavor on my egg and can get higher temps, but not a smokey joe hater. Just prefer my mini egg.
  • CowdogsCowdogs Posts: 463

    Yeah I like my egg more too ... until I have to carry it, or leave it unattended chained to my bumper in a parking lot after tailgating.   

    Did you every try lump in the smokey joe?  Some of the egg's reputation for high temps comes from buring lump instead of charcoal.

  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,772
    edited June 2012
    FWIW, I've only burned lump in a Smokey Joe.
    It will warp the charcoal grate over time.
    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
  • NewportlocalNewportlocal Posts: 474
    I put a big brinkmann smoke n pit pit master deluxe and a weber out on the street in the last few weeks. I doubt I would do that to my smokey joe. That one I would rather keep or give a friend. My mini egg gets used over once a day average. I never did that with anything else. I love how my food comes out. I think if I tailgated a lot with a pickup I might put it in the tool lock box or cab when I went in to a game. One of those tool lock boxes would make me less paranoid about losing it. With my current car I would just put it in the trunk and cover it. Maybe I just drank the big green egg koolaid, but my mini really makes me happy. I am really enjoying cooking on it.
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