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XLBGE, LBGE growing accessories.
Want: Ceramicgrillworks 2 tier large, Dutch oven, Cyber Q Wifi
get the largest you can afford, I have the XL, I do not regret the purchase, it is a big boy, not sure about the lump usage, it may take more fuel to get the dome temp to 350 than a large, but I bet it is a minimal difference. .
I also make smaller fires to the back, and cook indirect and direct without having to add or remove a plate setter. (but I have one and use it for strictly indirects. )
get the egg sooner than later, you wont regret it, especially 4 years from now when you'd be replacing the gasser you bought instead. Mine is four years old and looks brand new from the outside.
I still have my old much used Weber kettle. I use it for smoking cheese and jerky as the metal construction dissipates heat and I feel stays cooler for longer smokes. Not sure if this is true, but I have had good luck doing cold smokes in it.
I have an XL and recently added a M to the henhouse. They all have their uses. With the wife and I being the target for most cooks I think the medium will be used a lot this summer. When the kids and grandkids are over the XL definitely has a place. I have used the XL for the last 4 years and it is not a charcoal hog by any means but I don't do a lot of nuclear cooks.
Location- Just "this side" of Biloxi, Ms.
Status- As useless as a broke dick dog.
I want the XL and I think I can afford the extra cost, but the wife may not like it tell she tastes the food cooked on it. The other reason I want it is for what most of you have said; you can cook a lot or a little and its easier to do indirect cooking without having to use the plate setter. I also have a large dutch oven that would work better in the XL. I have been quoted the XL with; nest, tables, grate grabbers, fire starter sticks, ash tool and bag of charcoal for $1349+tax. I think that's a good buy.
I would echo all the points above. In my case I bought a LBE as I couldn't
imaging spending the amount the LBE cost at the time. I could have afforded the XL but both had
some pucker factor. I selected the large
and love my egg. I wanted the XL since
walking out of the store. Let face it we're
all a little like Tim Taylor and measure our things. The egg is no different.
I still have my WSM and updated my gasser to a Weber and use
all three. Looking back I've spent a
fair amount trying to make the large bigger for many of the mentioned reason in
the other post. Over the past 3 or 4
years I've since spent $75 for a BGE grill extender I never use, $75 for a
Woo2, and $275 for an adjustable rig with extender. This Spring, $1400 for a XL.
Go with your gut, spend what you can afford, and start saving
for your next egg is my free advice.