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New larger egg?

edited 5:54AM in EggHead Forum
I hear that BGE will soon have a larger egg much like the primo oval.
Can anyone confirm that?


  • DaveDave Posts: 163
    Rob Costello,[p]Yep, It will be a 24" model. Not oval though.[p] Dave

  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    <p />Rob Costello,
    Good to see you here! Yes, here is a photo of the prototype. The final model will have a base that is about 2.5 inches deeper. As you can see it is round. With the problems encountered in the design of an oval cooker, I think it wise to stick with the round shape.[p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • StuartStuart Posts: 110
    The Naked Whiz,[p]The XL looks great! I'm about ready to get a 2nd large but this may be a better choice. Any word on when this will be avaiable and price?[p]

  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    BGE is hoping for June or July with an estimated street price in the $850-$900 range..HTH[p]PS.. it weighs in at around 200#

  • The Naked Whiz,
    What are some of the problems with an oval cooker? Cracking perhaps? It would seem that the oval shape might lend itself better cooking wise than round?

  • QBabeQBabe Posts: 2,275
    Rob Costello,[p]Here's a pic of me cooking burgers on the prototype model recently (thanks to drbbq for taking the pic!)....[p]If you've been happy with your egg, you're gonna love this cooker. It's got LOTS of room and is made by folks you know and trust...[p]Tonia

    [ul][li]Me Cooking Burgers on the XL[/ul]
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    As I understand it, the oval shape led to uneven heating and thus uneven stress on the shell causing them to crack. The fix was to provide a ceramic plate that lies in the bottom of the oval and shields the bottom from heat. I suppose time will tell if this is a good fix to the problem. [p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • Tim MTim M Posts: 2,410
    The Naked Whiz,[p]Time says yes - it solved the problem :-). 3 racks of ribs on mine as we type![p]Tim
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Tim M,
    Of course, this is one of those "prove a negative" things. We can't prove something will never happen. Oh deary me. Now I'm worried. :-) I would be concerned, however, that the plate might only delay the problem, perhaps a long enough cook might allow the problem to recur. Whatever....[p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • drbbqdrbbq Posts: 1,152
    Rob Costello,[p]It's bigger than the oval and cooks the same as the other round cookers. Why change something that works so well?
    Ray Lampe Dr. BBQ
  • tn slagamatertn slagamater Posts: 623
    The Naked Whiz, clearly the BGE oval shape has more inherent strength and less possiblity of stress fracture than an oblong shape. The oblong oval is subject to uneven cooking and uneven heating pressures ...

  • StuartStuart Posts: 110
    WessB,[p]Wow, that is quite a jump from the Large, at least what I remember paying for mine 5-6 years ago. I hope that price includes a nest, stainless door, and one handed stay-open type hinge.
  • WooDoggiesWooDoggies Posts: 2,390
    tn slagamater,[p]Did you say BGE Oval? Let's nip this in the bud right here and now, dude, the XL is a larger version of the workhorse Large BGE. :~)
    The lid is a dome .... one of the strongest shapes there is and the body is cylindrical/conical.... also very strong shapes that equally distribute stresses while they expand and contract..... nothing oval about the XL![p]Morning cuppas,

  • WooDoggiesWooDoggies Posts: 2,390
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