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Got the okay to add to the family!

YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 1,412
The wife and I came to an agreement last night.  I can buy a new Egg if I buy her some new Shark Vacuum cleaner. I'm pretty sure she wanted me to buy a new Egg so that she could enjoy some egged food while at the beach!  She's hooked! So it's a win all around.

I haven't decided if it will be a mini or a small.  I need it to be portable so I can take it to the lake and to the beach.  I just got the pricing for our Eggfest in a few months and the mini with accessories is $399, (nest, ash tool, starter cubes, charcoal, dome temp gauge, dual function metal top). The small is $629 with accessories, (platesetter, nest, ash tool, starter cubes, charcoal, dome temp gauge, dual function metal top).

Even with the $230 price difference I'm still leaning towards the small. Couple of questions: Is it that much more cumbersome than the mini?  Like I said, I'd be taking it with us on vacation to the beach/lake couple times a year.  I need enough space to cook for about 8 people.  Other than that, I think it would compliment my XL at home very well.
Cincinnati, Ohio
"Ain't nobody gonna find ya, unless you get yourself lost."

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  • TN_EggerTN_Egger Posts: 102
    FWIW...forget the accessories package.  I just bought a small - only.  Figure there's enough guys out there who just built tables and listed their nests on craigslist or ebay.  I will buy a woo with a stone.  Ask your local dealer if they'll match the eggfest demo prices.

    Monteagle, TN

    one large and one small

  • calikingcaliking Posts: 5,291
    It is bigger and heavier than the mini for sure, but not prohibitive in terms of weight. Solson005 will surely chime in with pics of the EggCarten which is a nice carrier solution for porting a small egg around. If you are going to get the nest anyways, you could make an EggWagen which was easy to put together with wheels from Harbor Freight and other parts from Lowe's. If you're cooking for 8, I think the small is the way to go.
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    And don't forget the hydration tool!
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    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 1,412
    Thanks for the pics.

    I'm heavily leaning towards the small.  I'm giddy with the thought of being at the beach with a pork shoulder on the Egg and having it ready to go for dinner. No need to worry about dinner plans and getting everybody to agree on a place.  This would be about as relaxing as it could get.
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    "Ain't nobody gonna find ya, unless you get yourself lost."
  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,841
    As @caliking said I use a eggCARTen and it makes carrying the small around pretty easy. 

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    I use a teak shower stool or my dutch oven table to put it on and it does not get hot enough to scotch the wood. I did a post about a Small Turkey and had it on the shower stool for well over 4 hours, just 3 cooking the turkey and more for start up time and never had any issues. But @RAC posted New Family Member and has a awesome table that has a metal shelf that slides out of the table and holds the egg in the eggcarten perfect and even has hooks for utensils. I will be checking that table out next time I make it to Sams Club. I travel with my small almost weekly and really like the eggcarten and my choice of a small egg. 
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 3,738
    Let me show off my new small too :-B

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
    Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos



    It's amazing.



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    LBGE & SBGE (big momma and pat)
  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 3,738
    Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


    Waiting to get in their new home.





    Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


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    LBGE & SBGE (big momma and pat)
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 5,291
    @MCN: That's a sweet lookin double egg table!  :-bd

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 14,023
    edited March 2013

    You said cook for 8 people. Sent this Mini  to an MP unit in Afghanistan with 21 adults to cook for. And they did. Steaks, chicken and all you can think of.


    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini.... 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015

  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,346

    One big advantage of the small is the ability to cook low and slow. I have done a 10 pound butt with no problems.

    As Si says, "hey Jack, ya know, hey...if you want something done right, ask someone else."

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 14,023
    edited March 2013
    Mini in Afghanistan:
    Photobucket is starting to piss me off.....
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini.... 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015

  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 1,557
    Brisket , pastrami, butt all on the mini not 10 lbs but 5 no problems.

    Portable , I am 6'4 235 the mini is all I would really want to haul around. Its heavy and takes up enough real estate on its own. But that's just me.
    Seattle, WA
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 14,023
    edited March 2013
  • RACRAC Posts: 1,188
    edited March 2013

    I went with the small also to take camping in the RV.image

     

    Ricky

    Spring, TX

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 14,023
    SkinnyV said:
    Brisket , pastrami, butt all on the mini not 10 lbs but 5 no problems. Portable , I am 6'4 235 the mini is all I would really want to haul around. Its heavy and takes up enough real estate on its own. But that's just me.
    Got to agree with Skinny in that if I was 6'4 my weight would be good. Also all the rest is correct.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini.... 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015

  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 3,590
    Personally, I see myself thinking the small is portable then never taking it because it "is too much trouble". Not too mention portable to me means traveling to drinking events--- tailgates, camping, fishing trips, etc and I would likely rather myself not have to carry 75 lbs. For that reason, I am back on the mini train. Just need my dealer to get his new shipment in. Likely April before I can pull the trigger.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,841
    @Mickey I've having photobucket issues and am getting pretty frustrated as well. Those movies and some of mickeys posts show how much you can really do with a mini. @chubbs had a great post a month or so ago with lots of info about the mini. But I am happy with the small and lugging it around isn't bad (for me) with the eggcarten. I did not feel comfortable carrying it before just awkward not the weight. But look into a pot lifter if you don't get the eggcarten. It's a cheaper solution if you want the best. I'm on my phone but I can post a link later if you want.
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,841
    edited March 2013
    Here is the link to the Potlifter

    and the post from Chubbs Me thinks me want a mini….

    I probably helped sell you on a small and then confused you with a mini.. haha 

    I think both are great for different reasons. The mini will cool quicker if you are making a meal and leaving shortly after but that usually is not the case with myself. Either way portable food from the egg is awesome. Good luck deciding which is best for you! 
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
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