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Buying my first egg: Any tips??

GatorDogGatorDog Posts: 8
edited 6:13PM in EggHead Forum
I'm buying my first egg (XL) on Friday after months of research and waiting! (Steaks, chops and I come!) I would really appreciate any tips for a first timer. I've already downloaded Bill Wise's BGE Cookbook. Any tips or tricks to avoid rookie mistakes would be GREATLY appreciated.


  • EGGARYEGGARY Posts: 1,222
    Make sure it is the newer model.
  • I assume you know the difference between the old model and the new model right?

    Hang around here and you will have a good idea of what to cook come Friday. :laugh:
  • GatorDogGatorDog Posts: 8
    Thanks for the fast repsonse! :woohoo: What is the difference?
  • GatorDogGatorDog Posts: 8
    Actually, no I don't. What's the difference?
  • This is not 100% accurate but it will get you there. The hinges and larger handles have been out for a year or so but the fire ring and Fire box are what we are refering to the new model. If you get a plate setter make sure that it is for the model Egg that you get they are different. Longer legs are the new one and the short legs(1 inch) are for the older model.
  • The new egg has a fire ring that is notched out to accept the new plate setter that has longer legs, allowing for a taller drip pan. I believe the new style also has a shorter firebox to allow for the longer legged plate setter. Even if your dealer only has the old style, if he knows you wont settle for the old style I am sure he'll make it happen.
    Hey stike, we succeeded :woohoo:
  • EGGARYEGGARY Posts: 1,222
    Thanks, Eddie. I am a bit computer-stupid. This will give GatorDog a better understanding of the differences with the XL's.

    Canoga Park, Ca.
  • SGT BBQSGT BBQ Posts: 190
    I can tell you that after you have had your egg for a while you are going to want a second egg. I have a large egg that is plenty big enough but now I need a second egg. There are plenty of times that you will be cooking different cuts of meats that need to be cooked at different temperatures. For example ribs and steaks or butts and appetizers.

    Anyway for the price of an XL you could probably buy a large and a small. Something to consider. Good luck.
  • Here is my tip... don't get used to having just one egg. You will want another size. I started out with 1 and four months later had a second egg. Congratulations and good luck!
  • Now we have created a monster. :laugh: I hope that they have the new model in stock Friday. :huh:
  • GatorDogGatorDog Posts: 8
    I'm calling in the morning to confirm. Thank you VERY much!
  • Morro Bay RichMorro Bay Rich Posts: 2,227
  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,791
    Where do you live, Gator?
  • GatorDogGatorDog Posts: 8
  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,791
    There are a few eggers in your area. Welcome to the group...Go Gators!
  • skihornskihorn Posts: 600
    I bought a Large and then 4 months later a Medium. Not trying to talk you out of the XL, but there are advantages to multiple Eggs. Of course, if you do a lot of big cooks then an XL and later a smaller Egg might make sense. Whatever you do you will love it.

    I do have three other pieces of advice:

    1. Read this forum and ask questions;

    2. Read this forum and ask questions; and

    3. Read this forum and ask questions.

    Okay, corny but you get the point. There is a wealth of information here, and the experienced guys on here (not so much me) love helping newbies. No such thing as a dumb question.

    League City, TX
  • Negoiate,, prices are not firm. Buy as many accesories as you can afford at the discounted price. You will be glad you did later on.
  • BoneDaddy'sBoneDaddy's Posts: 256
    a few tips

    1. don't stress about the gasket, it will get messed up
    2. don't worry about the small cracks you will see int he paint
    3. buy a placesetter and pizza stone asap
    4. learn to love the stoker or guru
    5. save up for the large you are going to get in about six months
    7. xl deserves a nest and a Lg deserves a big table.
    Bone Daddy's Competition BBQ & Catering
  • Fire WalkerFire Walker Posts: 241
    You won't be sorry in buying the XL, the guys are right about the old style and the new. knowing this fact might give you a price break on the old style XL, which I feel is just as good as the upgrade, it might save you a few dollars toward your second Egg. The XL is a good first egg at 452 cu. inches of grill area you can't go wrong, The large at 255 cu. inches is 197 cu. inches smaller than the XL, the med at 177cu. inches is a mere 78 cu.inches smaller than the large which then leads us to the Small at 133cu. inches is only 44cu. inches smaller than the med. In conclusion the fact is, you get the most bang for your buck with the XL with the largest cu inche ratio of all the eggs. So if you buy a large and a med Egg they would still come in 20 cu. inches smaller than the XL alone. So ends the lesson. A second egg is great too.
  • Ala-EggAla-Egg Posts: 162
    My tip would be to relax and don't over think the cooks. Enjoy cooking on the egg and don't stress over the small thinks.
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