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Is this a large or medium BGE?

Hello! Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I have coveted the BGE for a long time because I love to cook and especially when it gets technical. I just took a BBQ 101 class and smoked my first pork butts in a Bradley smoker. They turned out ok but the smoker could barely keep heat and the bisquettes are not cheap. The teacher of the class couldn't rave enough about the versatility of BGEs.

I found a used BGE for sale. It includes a plate setter, nest, and side tables. The person selling it has no clue about ceramic cookers and is selling it for a friend. I've talked him down from $650 to $300. When I asked about the size the seller said, "it is 54+ inch wide span , w a 24in grill". Those measurements don't seem to make sense compared to the numbers I am seeing at http://www.biggreenegg.com/eggs/sizes/.

How can you tell a medium from a large by just looking at it? The XL is obviously a different shape but I can't tell from this guy's picture.

Any help would be appreciated. I look forward to many years of cooking on a BGE and sharing what I learn here.

Thanks!

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  • Looks like a medium
    Large BGE Middletown, MD
  • SMITTYtheSMOKERSMITTYtheSMOKER Posts: 2,546
    edited January 2014

    It's a large.  You can tell by the nest.

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • Grader07Grader07 Posts: 169
    Large has an 18 in grill so id say maybe even an xl
  • Grader07 said:
    Large has an 18 in grill so id say maybe even an xl
    I would agree just using the numbers but it doesn't have the squatty shape of an XL.
  • Grader07Grader07 Posts: 169
    Unless its a really old egg. Not sure then
  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,479
    I'm betting large by the looks of it, but as said just measure the grid.

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  • On second glance it does look like a large, can you have him show measurements in a pic, handle seems smaller than large handle which is what threw me off, maybe an older version?
    Large BGE Middletown, MD
  • On second glance it does look like a large, can you have him show measurements in a pic, handle seems smaller than large handle which is what threw me off, maybe an older version?
    Thanks for the responses! I am hoping to go see it in person soon. The seller is out of town until Friday. I've looked at Bubba Tim's Egg Book guide to know what to pay for a used egg. We might have to re-enter the negotiation stage again.

    Thanks again!
  • Check carefully for exterior cracks.  You will not have a warranty on this egg, an exterior crack pretty much makes it a costly venture. IMO 

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,791
    Listen to Smitty, it is a large  :-)
  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,652
    The seller's foot is on the riser of the nest. On Large and XL nests a riser brace is added to support the extra weight (it runs parallel to the riser). As Smitty pointed out, this means it would have to be at least a large and the shape rules out an XL despite the stated 24" measurement the seller provided. I suspect the seller eye balled the outside diameter of the Egg (even though even that is about 21 1/2") and came up with 24".

    The narrow handle means it is a 2011 model or older. If the cooking grid is the original check to see if it is stainless (started in 2011 models) or porcelain coated (2010 or earlier). Other indicators of age you can look for would be a firebox with no split in it and no spring assist on the hinge. Those items disappeared before my time with Eggs but someone else can probably chime in on how long ago those were around.
    XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs
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  • R2Egg2Q said:
    The seller's foot is on the riser of the nest. On Large and XL nests a riser brace is added to support the extra weight (it runs parallel to the riser). As Smitty pointed out, this means it would have to be at least a large and the shape rules out an XL despite the stated 24" measurement the seller provided. I suspect the seller eye balled the outside diameter of the Egg (even though even that is about 21 1/2") and came up with 24".

    The narrow handle means it is a 2011 model or older. If the cooking grid is the original check to see if it is stainless (started in 2011 models) or porcelain coated (2010 or earlier). Other indicators of age you can look for would be a firebox with no split in it and no spring assist on the hinge. Those items disappeared before my time with Eggs but someone else can probably chime in on how long ago those were around.
    Very helpful, thank you!
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 1,948
    It's a large.....no doubt about it.
  • Large
    Clanton, Al LBGE
  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 916
    I'd jump on it at $300.
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,577
    I'd jump on it also
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  • HotchHotch Posts: 2,476
    I would load it in my truck...

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