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Small Egg question

fishnrustfishnrust Posts: 23
edited 1:42AM in EggHead Forum
I have an opportunity to add a small to my large. It is used and has a scissor hinge. Must be an older model, did not know they were made w/that style hinge. Anyone have experience with one of these? Pro's & Con's? Does it make a difference? Thanks in advance.


  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,824
    all BGE's used to have that style hinge and even the minis still do. My small had one when I bought it new about 8 years ago so it isn't an antique! I upgraded to a spring hinge for about $50 after the hinge rivets broke twice. Go for it - you won't regret it!
    L, M, S, &  Mini
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  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,239
    I have a large with scissor hinge and have no problems about 10 years old. my small a 3 years old has the new spring and would think the scissor for the small would be fine.
  • B & CB & C Posts: 217
    Depends on how much the small is going to cost you. The scissors hinge on the small gives an opening of about 11 inches from base to dome in the front at it's highest point. The spring hinge gives an opening of about 16 inches from base to dome in the front at it's highest point. I would like to have the spring hinge.

    Does the small need anything else? Ceramic cap, daisy wheel, new lower damper, fire box, fire ring, fire grate, cooking grate, thermometer, gasket, or nest? If you could pick it up for around $100 or less then it would probably be worth putting a new hinge on. A new hinge is around $86.00 list price.

  • WingRiderWingRider Posts: 326
    My small came with the scissor hinge and I up-graded. The spring hinge gives you more access to the grid, it moves the lid up and back, plus you don't have to worry about the scissor binding. The spring hinge allows one hand operation to open and close the Egg.
    HTH :cheer:
  • EggspertEggspert Posts: 142
    I bought an old sbge for $150 on craiglist and put a new spring hinge on it. I think its worth the money $100, since my scissor hinge failed once and landed on my hand, so we all enjoyed a blood soaked dinner. Shhhh!
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