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Dutch Oven Size: 5 or 7 qt

I have a LBGE and am pulling the trigger on a DO. Was leaning towards the 7 qt but have not used one before and wanted to get some feedback on what some of you have and your experience. Thanks


  • hapsterhapster Posts: 7,418
    I have a 5 quart that fits just fine on the large... that said, I would love to a have a 7 or 8 quart size so I can do bigger meals :)
  • Is the 5 qt big enough for roast or chicken?

  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,574
    Get the large. You can double up on soups and stews
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • daffy1909daffy1909 Posts: 469
    Bigger is better!! Can always put 5qt in the 7, but can't put 7 in the 5!!!
  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,474
    Get both.
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
  • I have a 5 but often could use a larger DO when making stew or green chile

  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,657
    I do fine with my 5 Qt, can cook for 5-6 people in it, have not wished for larger.  With that said, if you anticipate larger cooks, go for the 7.  FWIW I also have a 2 qt lodge which I really like for sides.  Fits along side the main course for sprouts, beans, etc.  
    XLBGE, Small BGE, Homebrew and Guitars
    Rochester, NY
  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    edited January 2014
    Get large. A smaller one will hog up a lot of realestate in the egg anyways so may as well go big. I have one that's 8 quarts I believe and it's great for parties and frying stuff.
    Dunedin, FL
  • vchelfvchelf Posts: 95
    I got a 7qt Lodge Dutch Oven after Christmas. It fits fine in the large BGE. I figured the larger DO would be more versatile. I made a batch of chili and had plenty for a couple of days.
    Victor Chelf
    Houston, TX
    Just one Large BGE
    Visit my Victor's Vittles blog - dedicated to my Big Green Eggventures

    go with the 7
    XL BGE 
    Joe JR 
    Baltimore, MD
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 8,475
    Agreed- go with the 7 qt.  I have the 5 and will probably get a 7 to make bigger batches of chili. 

    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • smbishopsmbishop Posts: 1,536
    I have a 5 and love it.  Also fits in the small egg.  It fits any chili recipe that I have made requiring 2lbs of meat plus ingredients...
    Large, Small, and a LOT of Eggcessories!  Southlake, TX
  • six_eggsix_egg Posts: 722
    +1 7 Quart.


    Texarkana, TX

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,152
    one of my favorite cooks is a 10 to 12 pound pot roast in the 7
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,323
    7 is safer to fry in
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Ladeback69Ladeback69 Posts: 3,688
    I have the 7 and highly recommend it if you haven't gotten one yet. I did baked beans in yesterday while cooking brisket.
    XL, WSM, Little Kahuna, Coleman RoadTrip Gas Grill

    Kansas City, Mo.
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