Been a nay sayer all along, and looked at one today. Now sort of considering it. Dealer offered me a price that seems quite reasonable compared to all the other chatter, but still a couple of XLs. I was so impressed by how light the lid lifted and closed.
Anyway, doing some surfing to see what folks have to say and I have found something I did not realize. The volume of people with opinions about BGEs who have no clue how BGEs work, cook, consume or don't consume lump is amazing. Very opinionated experts on the subject that think big metal kettles and briquettes are the way to go abound. Now there is no argument that the BGEs are an investment, but good grief you cannot compare results with a "grill", and this idea that bigger means you use more lump for the same minutes of cook just because you load more to fill the box is just rampant. I have an XL, LBGE and MBGE, and I can tell you the difference between a 30 minute cook one each is fractional.