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Please explain "forgiving". I have an XL and my top keeps acting up
I have an XL and had no ill effects of the lower lid design, they did make a shallower fire ring to get the cooking grid lower and I have never had a clearance problem. Several posts above talk about a taller dome cooking better... so that may be the reason, but I have never had a temp or cooking problem on my XL and with the add-ons from the Ceramic Grill Store it cooks like a large when you need it to an XL when you need to extra space. You won't be making a bad choice. good luck on the wait.