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BGE or Primo XL

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  • Customer service!!! The BGE kicks ass. I emailed BGE just after Christmas asking how to get a few of the screw studs utilized in the bands and had a postive response reply within the hour and a full accessory packet in my mailbox within three days. I do not know much about Primo but they won't match BGE support.
  • buckhallbuckhall Posts: 20
    edited January 2014

    Good discussion. I have an XL and a Large Egg...If I only had one, I'd get the large.  It's ample enough for almost every cook.  It's nice to have two so that I can cook at different temps, but the XL is a beast.  As for bge v. primo, both are fine grills...minor differences...so I look at decisions like this as I would a car company or other consumer product. Who's the market leader, who has the best network etc.  Easy decision for me, but you'll be fine either way. 

    Buck Hall

    www.facebook.com/pensacolaeggfest

    www.pensacolaeggfest.com

  • cazzycazzy Posts: 9,060
    edited January 2014
    You've heard everything else and have most of the facts.  I'm going to go a different direction.

    The people...the people is the reason you want to be an egghead.  Get yourself to a fest and meet some members of our huge community.  Guarantee you'll make some friends for life and taste some amazing food.

    I have high hopes that you'll make the right decision, so I'm just going to welcome ya now.

    Welcome to our world @dhoten !!  You're already starting to look like an egghead to me!   :D
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • GrillmagicGrillmagic Posts: 1,548
    dhoten said:

    I love my XL and purchased the L Bracket fire box divider from CGW and it works perfect to do both direct and indirect at the same time. I can't speak for the primo but I do LOVE my BGE.

    Chuck

    What is this CGW divider, this could sway the decision?

    Dimondale Michigan

    www.chuckkingcomedy.com


    It's a 2 piece L Bracket that splits the fire box in half, I use it to do both direct and indirect and also use it to do smaller cooks, it works great. 
    Dimondale, Michigan XL BGE
  • NJ_BBQNJ_BBQ Posts: 117

    I had considered the Primo as well but when doing my research I read too many reviews of it cracking and very poor response from the company. If you go through this forum you will see many examples of great response by BGE and by BGE dealers.

    I went with the XL and love it.

    Basking  Ridge, NJ - XL with KAB
  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,053
    Looks like you got 35 comments to your inquiry on the big green egg forum in about 8 hours and about 10 on the primo forum in the same amount of time.  Just gives you some idea of the size and friendliness of this forum.

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,986
    If you're cooking mainly for 2 with the occasional large cook..get the large. I can cook over 30 lbs of butts, Ftc and throw ribs on. Someone mentioned community. Reading an article the other day the reviewer mentioned that. Come To Salado TX in March, meet some Eggers and get a great deal on a large bge.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • njlnjl Posts: 933
    Have you actually looked at both in person?  The XL BGE is nice...but it's also $$$.

    Coming from your offset smoker, I think you might be in for a bit of a shock at the limited space for things like ribs in a BGE.  i.e. just to be able to do ribs in the BGE, figure on spending a little extra for the plate setter, and then either a little more extra for some kind of rib rack, or a lot extra for something like the above pictured CGS Adjustable Rig and related accessories.

    I suspect with your offset, if you wanted to do 3 slabs of ribs, you'd probably just lay them out on the cooking grid(s) and have room for more.
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,986
    3?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 9,060
    njl said:

    Have you actually looked at both in person?  The XL BGE is nice...but it's also $$$.

    Coming from your offset smoker, I think you might be in for a bit of a shock at the limited space for things like ribs in a BGE.  i.e. just to be able to do ribs in the BGE, figure on spending a little extra for the plate setter, and then either a little more extra for some kind of rib rack, or a lot extra for something like the above pictured CGS Adjustable Rig and related accessories.

    I suspect with your offset, if you wanted to do 3 slabs of ribs, you'd probably just lay them out on the cooking grid(s) and have room for more.

    Yes. We spend money on accessories...but that's because this becomes a hobby and a damn near obsession for most of us. I look at it as I can pretty much prepare food better than most restaurants in my area. That definitely saves me money, especially since those $300 steak nights are now less than $50 with equivilent or better results. Just like the primo, this is far more versatile than a offset. It took some time, but i had no idea how many darn things I can make on my egg.

    Let's not get twisted either...Most peeps who are looking to drop a grand on a BBQ pit are likely not broke.
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 9,060
    @njl oh, if I could fit 2 full racks on my small, I suspect I could fit much more on a XL. :D
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    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,986
    Grill, fry, stews and soups, pizzas, bread, cold smoked cheese, jerky.. I'm sure either one will be ok. Every other company says...it's just like a Big Green Egg.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,560
    edited January 2014
    Foghorn said:

    Since purchasing it I have discovered that it is big enough to do two zone cooking without any gadgets.  I just build a small fire in the back and cook direct and still have plenty of room to put other food in the front that gets cooked indirect.  You can probably get better temperature distinction if you use the brackets from the Ceramic Grill Store and I may go that route eventually.

    http://www.ceramicgrillstore.com/anglebrackets.html

    I haven't used the Primo, having come from a weber kettle, so I'll make just just two points. 

    For split cooking, what Foghorn described is what I do.  I did this on my Weber kettle too.  You can also use a half moon ceramic stone to get a perfect direct and indirect balance:
    http://shop.ceramicgrillstore.com/19-half-round-ceramic-stone-9-5x19-xl/

    The egg is very versatile. When you add in the toys, it is amazing how much you can cook and how you can cook.  Since I got my egg, I only use my gasser to light the chimney of charcoal.

    Good luck in your decision.  Hope to see you back as an egghead.  :)


    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 2,533
    Egg wins
  • Go to an Eggfest, ask questions of those who are using the egg.  Buy one of the used eggs from the fest, which has the full lifetime warranty, to save a few bucks. The lifetime warranty and accessories was the deal breaker for me.  I got a large, always wished I would have gotten the XL.
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  • I have both. If I had to get rid of one I'd have to keep the other.
  • COMMUNITY!!! this is the main reason I bought the BGE with this community and advice of so many as quick as you need it.
    ACCESSORIES..... This is another major factor and have to say that the world of accessories is pretty slim for Primo compared to BGE and that makes a difference for extra racks, veggie trays, tools, carts and so on. 
    Warranty.... I dont think the limited warranty vs lifetime was as important as the above but it still is a factor...
    MADE in USA....... I have my own beliefs on this but keep them to myself. 
    CUSTOMER SERVICE....After reading stories about various issues with each brand and seeing the response from the companies and dealers, I decided to go with BGE... 

    just my .02 but good luck on your choice. I will say that several members on here have both primo and bge and they all rave about them both and you cant go wrong i dont think. 
    Beaufort, SC
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,459
    I have often talked up the wonderful traits and business ethics of my BGE dealer so you know I'm partial. The PRIMO rep came through our city and tried to entice my dealer to become a dual rep and left behind a free large PRIMO for him to sell and keep 100% of the profit! That PRIMO sat on his showroom floor unsold for nearly 2 years. My dealer then decided to use that "gift" to demonstrate the difference between a BGE and a PRIMO. Eventually he just dumped the PRIMO! Seeing and feeling is NOT overrated in sales!
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • QDudeQDude Posts: 674
    I was also looking at both but in the end I went with the XL BGE because:

    1.  The XL was about $300 cheaper than the PRIMO.
    2.  I had a hard time finding the PRIMO.  The store in the city that I work in stopped carrying the PRIMO brand due to a lack of sales.  I wondered about future warranty support from a dealer.

    I am really glad I got the XL.  The space is amazing and the warranty is top notch.

    A northern Colorado Egghead since 2012!

    XL and a Small BGE.

  • queuedqueued Posts: 50
    My 2 cents worth....  both make a good product, and you will likely be happy with either.  I, obviously, bought a BGE and I've been very happy with my decision.  A big part of my choice was the dealer network, which is much better with BGE than Primo (at least anywhere near where I live).  I also like the large number of accessories that are available for the BGE vs. a Primo, which relies mostly on stock accessories.  The flexibility provided by a BGE with the 3rd party accessories is really impressive, and you will be able to cook as much or more on a BGE as the next "size" up on a Primo grill.  Of course, I've yet to mention the better warranty, the more involved community, and the many eggfests available.  

    When combined, I found the BGE to not only be the better product but the better value.  I can understand if you don't come to the same conclusion, and I'm sure you will cook some great meals on a Primo if you don't.
    Raleigh, NC
  • nolan8vnolan8v Posts: 373
    I purchased my Large BGE back in 1999/2000. It is still going strong with no problems. I am about to replace the original gasket with RRP's Rutland product.

    Whatever you decide to purchase, base it on the following recommendations:
    Quality of Product
    Reliability / Warranty
    Customer Service
    Accessories
    Anticipated Personal Satisfaction

    Good Luck!
    "You can live in any city in America, but New Orleans is the only city that lives in you."
    Chris Rose 

  • When I was deciding between the two a couple years ago, it came down to an original, vs. a clone, and I appreciate products with long histories and the support they can offer.
    LBGE, Weber OTG w/ Rotisserie, Weber Genesis S-330, Chargriller Duo, AR-15, AK-47
  • Get the PRIMO ... that way there will be at least 1 person on this site that I got a fighting chance to maybe out cook someday :D
    My PitMaster IQ120 FREAKIN ROCKS!!!!!!! Current BGE arsenal: XL & MiniMax
  • njlnjl Posts: 933
    henapple said:
    3?
    Will those actually cook?  It looks like a giant rib sandwich.
  • dhotendhoten Posts: 7
    Wow!  Blown away by the amount and detail of replies!  Thank you all for the insight, and I think dlk7 may be working for the NSA!
    1911 is Faster than 911


  • Did anyone mention the BGE groupies?  

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    Johnson, Navin R... Sounds like a typical bastard.

     

    Belmont, NC

  • cazzycazzy Posts: 9,060
    dhoten said:
    Wow!  Blown away by the amount and detail of replies!  Thank you all for the insight, and I think dlk7 may be working for the NSA!
    That's what we do brother, we blow away the competition!   :P
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 8,384
    Don't count out the Kamado "Big Joe" 24"...Built very well and the stand and bands are real nice.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,053

    BGE XL has 452 square inches of primary grid space VS the oval's 398.  With the adjustable rig you can exceed the oval's secondary space as well.  I do like the look of their new Jack Daniel's oval though.

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

  • dhotendhoten Posts: 7
    Photo Egg said:

    Don't count out the Kamado "Big Joe" 24"...Built very well and the stand and bands are real nice.

    Do you know how close to the heat source you can get on the Big Joe to sear steaks? The grate seems to sit very high up on the grill.
    1911 is Faster than 911


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