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2nd Egg Size?

Hey All,

Got the green light on a second egg from SWMBO.  Question is what size.  I have a large.  I want this to be mobile for camping/races/vacations.  There will always be someone to help load/unload.  And there will always be at least 4 hungry mouths to feed.  Small or mini?  All recommendations welcome.  Thanks in advance.

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LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014



  • LitLit Posts: 5,985
  • JackhJackh Posts: 108
    Lg&Sm ---Middleport NY
  • LoosemooseLoosemoose Posts: 295
    edited December 2013
    I'm watching this close as my wife has already tried to justify the need for a second egg!
    I also have a large egg. Do you guys get a good sear when doing reverse sear on the small? I thought I read where folks kind of thought the bottom door was a bit small on it?

    Oh, and she ain't no SWMBO HAHAHAHAHA!
    Nowhere Indiana
  • We recently added a Small to complement our Large.  The Small is Portable enough will still providing cooking area

  • my next is a small so i can transport but big enough to be more useful

    Beaufort, SC
  • pasoeggpasoegg Posts: 346
    small...been there - done that - have the t-shirt

    "it is never too early to drink, but it may be too early to be seen drinking"

    Winston-Salem, NC

  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,091
  • jtippersjtippers Posts: 512
    Based on the info you provided and the options you gave, I would go with the small. Hands down.

    However, since you have help moving and unloading, I wouldn't rule out the Medium. I have a Large, small, and mini. If I could trade any of my eggs, it would be the small for the medium. There are more accessories available and more grid space. Just my 2 cents.

    Either way, you will enjoy it!    :-bd
    SBGE December 2012 •  XLBGE December 2013 •  Yoder YS640 July
    Location: Jasper, Georgia

  • Large is easy to handle with two guys


    Caledon, ON


  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,687
    medium or second large with the help of 2.
  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,907
    Second large - so all your accessories will work with either.

    LBGE, Adjustable Rig, Spider, High-Que grate, maverick ET-732, Thermapen,

    Garnerville, NY
  • my 2nd is a large now I have 2 larges and I love it !!!!
    2 Large Eggs and a Mini 2 Pit Bulls and a Pork shoulder or butt nearby and 100% SICILIAN
    Long Island N.Y.
  • HotchHotch Posts: 2,509
    I like my Mini, but we usually only cook for two.

    "Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." Ronald Reagan 2 March 1977

    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,631
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • I'm in the same boat and getting ready to pull the trigger on a mini.  Mainly because we are empty nesters and most cooks are small.
    Simi Valley, California
  • I only have a large, but now wish I would have bought the XL, so XL is my choice.
    Cherry Hill, NJ
  • CharlesmaneriCharlesmaneri Posts: 1,295
    edited December 2013
    SoCal_Griller   As far as being empty nesters I understand that but if you used a Large it's not like the lump is going to waste after the cook you extinguish the fire and the lump is ready for the next cook I feel that with a Large you have more room to work but thats just my .02 
    2 Large Eggs and a Mini 2 Pit Bulls and a Pork shoulder or butt nearby and 100% SICILIAN
    Long Island N.Y.
  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,662
    I went to the dealer yesterday and compared small and Mini for my second.  It will be a Small - so much more flexible.  Can do a 12" pizza and handle a dutch oven, neither of which a mini can do.

    As of now I have an XL.  Love it, but it is a ot of lump, and a lot to heat when just doing a couple of steaks or chops.  Also takes time to heat up in cold weather (5 months of the year)
    XLBGE, Small BGE, Homebrew and Guitars
    Rochester, NY
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 5,587
    edited December 2013
    I only have a large, but now wish I would have bought the XL, so XL is my choice.
    I started with a L, added a S, then XL.
    Never liked the S's puny lower vent and the p/s that chokes the air flow.  Bought another L on CL (price was too good to resist!) and sold the S for more $ than the new L!

    I now use the XL more than the two L's.
  • Mini IMO
    Dan, Columbia,Mo.
  • I originally got my Medium as a hand me down because the guy that had it wanted the Large. I now have a large as well. The medium is a good compliment and between the two i have plenty of cooking area. Next year I am planning on taking the medium up to deer camp to do either a brisket of a pork butt. With 2 guys the medium is easy to move around and you have the freedom to do more with the medium than the small.
    Pure Michigan
    Large BGE, Medium BGE, Weber Performer.
    If dogs don't go to heaven, when I die I want to go wherever they went
  • jhl192jhl192 Posts: 1,002
    I vote for the medium.  Only 37 pounds heavier and will help to feed the 4 hungry mouths better than a small.  
    XL BGE; Medium BGE; L BGE 
  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 3,695
    Small. No doubt about it. Whatever you decide, you will love it.



     LBGE,SBGE, and a Mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

  • six_eggsix_egg Posts: 739

    I also cook for four. I have trouble on a large for four. I like left overs. I normally cook six chicken breat when doing chicken or five ribeyes. IMO I would not go smaller than a large. If you do sides and main on the grill I think the large will be a better fit. Plus you have someone to help you transport it. I plan on tailgating with my large next year. Death Valley baby. 


    Texarkana, TX

  • @Charelsmaneri I appreciate your two cents.  I already own a large and am very happy with it.  But for most cooks I do, a mini would be fine.   Using the large for sides at the same time cooking the protein on the mini seems like the way to go for us.  Now don't get me wrong, I would love to get a small, but convincing SWMBO that we need a mini is tough enough!
    Simi Valley, California
  • mrdnksmrdnks Posts: 67
  • unit26unit26 Posts: 53
  • I have LBGE, MBGE and just added mini. Mini gets all the work here lately and I love it. It's just me and hubby tho. I could foresee being in a pinch if there were 4 of us. I agree w/cookinbob on the pizza and DO issue.

    To stick to your orig question, with all things considered-portability, feed 4 etc, I would vote for small. Get a griddle so you can do breakfast etc
    LBGE 4/2012, MBGE 6/2012 & Mini 11/2013
    Rome, GA
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 6,731
    My vote is for the small given your cooking requirements but I have seen some of the fantabulous cooks coming off the mini and the grid size isn't that much smaller than a small. I guess I am not much help


    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 3,440
    edited December 2013
    Just got a small, I love it! I think it would fit you perfectly. It's portable and still big enough to easily cook for four or more. Smoke a good sized butt or chicken.
    Biloxi, MS
    Guild's Grocery BBQ Team
    The Grocery Cart
    XL / Small Green Eggs
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