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Are we still in love with the MiniMax?

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  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 6,632
    My Mini Max is my most used Egg.  Would buy it again if I needed to.
    Steve 
    XL, Mini Max, and a 22" Blackstone in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • jp217pjp217p Posts: 11
    The Minimax is my first and only BGE right now. I really do like it. I bought my Minimax and ordered the Joe Jr the same day about a week ago. My Joe Jr will arrive tomorrow. In the meantime I've had the chance to play around with the Minimax and I really like it. My first cook was a 5lb pork butt. It maintained temperatures great. I did have to make three adjustments throughout the 10 hour cook but it turned out great. I think this cooker does need some understanding as small adjustments can really throw you off. I recommend a good pit thermometer to understand the cooker much quicker. Either way, as of now if I had to buy it again, I would. What I wouldn't buy again is the deflector and opt for the Woo with deflector instead.
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,493
    jp217p said:
    The Minimax is my first and only BGE right now. I really do like it. I bought my Minimax and ordered the Joe Jr the same day about a week ago. My Joe Jr will arrive tomorrow. In the meantime I've had the chance to play around with the Minimax and I really like it. My first cook was a 5lb pork butt. It maintained temperatures great. I did have to make three adjustments throughout the 10 hour cook but it turned out great. I think this cooker does need some understanding as small adjustments can really throw you off. I recommend a good pit thermometer to understand the cooker much quicker. Either way, as of now if I had to buy it again, I would. What I wouldn't buy again is the deflector and opt for the Woo with deflector instead.
    I bought a KJ Jr. rather than a MiniMax a few years ago. Great cooker.
    Why both?
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 12,350
    HeavyG said:
    jp217p said:
    The Minimax is my first and only BGE right now. I really do like it. I bought my Minimax and ordered the Joe Jr the same day about a week ago. My Joe Jr will arrive tomorrow. In the meantime I've had the chance to play around with the Minimax and I really like it. My first cook was a 5lb pork butt. It maintained temperatures great. I did have to make three adjustments throughout the 10 hour cook but it turned out great. I think this cooker does need some understanding as small adjustments can really throw you off. I recommend a good pit thermometer to understand the cooker much quicker. Either way, as of now if I had to buy it again, I would. What I wouldn't buy again is the deflector and opt for the Woo with deflector instead.
    I bought a KJ Jr. rather than a MiniMax a few years ago. Great cooker.
    Why both?
    The jr is a small. Not comparable. kJ doesn’t offer anything comparable.

    Like that the MM is compact and all in one type cooker. Fits easily in the back seat or under the tonneau cover etc. size matters 
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 9,154
    HeavyG said:
    jp217p said:
    The Minimax is my first and only BGE right now. I really do like it. I bought my Minimax and ordered the Joe Jr the same day about a week ago. My Joe Jr will arrive tomorrow. In the meantime I've had the chance to play around with the Minimax and I really like it. My first cook was a 5lb pork butt. It maintained temperatures great. I did have to make three adjustments throughout the 10 hour cook but it turned out great. I think this cooker does need some understanding as small adjustments can really throw you off. I recommend a good pit thermometer to understand the cooker much quicker. Either way, as of now if I had to buy it again, I would. What I wouldn't buy again is the deflector and opt for the Woo with deflector instead.
    I bought a KJ Jr. rather than a MiniMax a few years ago. Great cooker.
    Why both?
    The jr is a small. Not comparable. kJ doesn’t offer anything comparable.

    Like that the MM is compact and all in one type cooker. Fits easily in the back seat or under the tonneau cover etc. size matters 
    Maybe fits under tonneau cover on full size trucks but will not on a Tacoma. This is one of the reasons I went with a mini other than it’s just cool.  

    @mickey  

    -----------------------------------------


    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 12,350
    HeavyG said:
    jp217p said:
    The Minimax is my first and only BGE right now. I really do like it. I bought my Minimax and ordered the Joe Jr the same day about a week ago. My Joe Jr will arrive tomorrow. In the meantime I've had the chance to play around with the Minimax and I really like it. My first cook was a 5lb pork butt. It maintained temperatures great. I did have to make three adjustments throughout the 10 hour cook but it turned out great. I think this cooker does need some understanding as small adjustments can really throw you off. I recommend a good pit thermometer to understand the cooker much quicker. Either way, as of now if I had to buy it again, I would. What I wouldn't buy again is the deflector and opt for the Woo with deflector instead.
    I bought a KJ Jr. rather than a MiniMax a few years ago. Great cooker.
    Why both?
    The jr is a small. Not comparable. kJ doesn’t offer anything comparable.

    Like that the MM is compact and all in one type cooker. Fits easily in the back seat or under the tonneau cover etc. size matters 
    Maybe fits under tonneau cover on full size trucks but will not on a Tacoma. This is one of the reasons I went with a mini other than it’s just cool.  

    @mickey  
    It’s nice BGE has 7 sizes. Something for everyone. Yeah, mines a full size. Non issue. 
  • westernbbqwesternbbq Posts: 2,447
    I use my minimax more than any other BGE i own...2 xl and 1 large.   In fact ive just gotten base and fire ring replaced under warranty. And am looking forward to firing it up many times in the coming weeks.
  • MaskedMarvelMaskedMarvel Posts: 2,663
    Feel like the MM is more a day to day griller while my medium and large are more special occasion smokers...
    Large BGE and Medium BGE
    36" Blackstone - Greensboro!


  • MaskedMarvelMaskedMarvel Posts: 2,663
    Also want one, just so I can bring it to the butt blast...
    Large BGE and Medium BGE
    36" Blackstone - Greensboro!


  • jp217pjp217p Posts: 11
    HeavyG said:
    jp217p said:
    The Minimax is my first and only BGE right now. I really do like it. I bought my Minimax and ordered the Joe Jr the same day about a week ago. My Joe Jr will arrive tomorrow. In the meantime I've had the chance to play around with the Minimax and I really like it. My first cook was a 5lb pork butt. It maintained temperatures great. I did have to make three adjustments throughout the 10 hour cook but it turned out great. I think this cooker does need some understanding as small adjustments can really throw you off. I recommend a good pit thermometer to understand the cooker much quicker. Either way, as of now if I had to buy it again, I would. What I wouldn't buy again is the deflector and opt for the Woo with deflector instead.
    I bought a KJ Jr. rather than a MiniMax a few years ago. Great cooker.
    Why both?

    I don't need neither one of these cookers. As a BBQ enthusiast, I just wanted them. I do find myself cooking on my smaller cookers more than any of the larger cookers. 

  • jp217pjp217p Posts: 11
    HeavyG said:
    jp217p said:
    The Minimax is my first and only BGE right now. I really do like it. I bought my Minimax and ordered the Joe Jr the same day about a week ago. My Joe Jr will arrive tomorrow. In the meantime I've had the chance to play around with the Minimax and I really like it. My first cook was a 5lb pork butt. It maintained temperatures great. I did have to make three adjustments throughout the 10 hour cook but it turned out great. I think this cooker does need some understanding as small adjustments can really throw you off. I recommend a good pit thermometer to understand the cooker much quicker. Either way, as of now if I had to buy it again, I would. What I wouldn't buy again is the deflector and opt for the Woo with deflector instead.
    I bought a KJ Jr. rather than a MiniMax a few years ago. Great cooker.
    Why both?
    The jr is a small. Not comparable. kJ doesn’t offer anything comparable.

    Like that the MM is compact and all in one type cooker. Fits easily in the back seat or under the tonneau cover etc. size matters 
    Is the small BGE comparable to the Joe Jr?
  • jp217pjp217p Posts: 11
    Also want one, just so I can bring it to the butt blast...
    It's really heavy. Although it's portable, it's not convenient to take places. That's my personal taken on it. A good alternative is the Akorn Jr. If you don't mind not having a kamado, Weber makes a grill called the Jumbo Joe. It's 18.5" and has a pretty neat handle for carrying it. 
  • jp217pjp217p Posts: 11
    Feel like the MM is more a day to day griller while my medium and large are more special occasion smokers...
    Most family's of 4 would benefit from a 13"-14" cooker. With time you get really creative with space and can really maximise the cooker. My smaller cookers are my daily cookers. My bigger cookers are usually for entertaining. 
  • jp217pjp217p Posts: 11
    I use my minimax more than any other BGE i own...2 xl and 1 large.   In fact ive just gotten base and fire ring replaced under warranty. And am looking forward to firing it up many times in the coming weeks.
    It's a great size for day to day cooks. I like my BBQ fresh so I try not to cook more than I would eat fresh. The Minimax size is perfect for 5lb pork butts which my family usually finishes. Or a rack of ribs, chicken etc... 
  • SGHSGH Posts: 26,474
    blasting said:
    Oh, and 500 cheaper.

    You make a valid point there for us less fortunate  folks. However, 500 bucks won’t make the high rollers blink an eye. They don’t even consider price when buying.  

    Location- Just "this side" of Biloxi, Ms.

    Status- Standing by.

    Arsenal-Just a small wore out and broken down Weber kettle. No other means to cook at all.

    Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit

    The greatest barrier against all wisdom, the stronghold against knowledge itself, is the single thought, in ones mind, that they already have it all figured out. 

    Just a man with a Muhle. 
  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 12,350
    jp217p said:
    HeavyG said:
    jp217p said:
    The Minimax is my first and only BGE right now. I really do like it. I bought my Minimax and ordered the Joe Jr the same day about a week ago. My Joe Jr will arrive tomorrow. In the meantime I've had the chance to play around with the Minimax and I really like it. My first cook was a 5lb pork butt. It maintained temperatures great. I did have to make three adjustments throughout the 10 hour cook but it turned out great. I think this cooker does need some understanding as small adjustments can really throw you off. I recommend a good pit thermometer to understand the cooker much quicker. Either way, as of now if I had to buy it again, I would. What I wouldn't buy again is the deflector and opt for the Woo with deflector instead.
    I bought a KJ Jr. rather than a MiniMax a few years ago. Great cooker.
    Why both?
    The jr is a small. Not comparable. kJ doesn’t offer anything comparable.

    Like that the MM is compact and all in one type cooker. Fits easily in the back seat or under the tonneau cover etc. size matters 
    Is the small BGE comparable to the Joe Jr?
    Yes
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,437
    jp217p said:
    HeavyG said:
    jp217p said:
    The Minimax is my first and only BGE right now. I really do like it. I bought my Minimax and ordered the Joe Jr the same day about a week ago. My Joe Jr will arrive tomorrow. In the meantime I've had the chance to play around with the Minimax and I really like it. My first cook was a 5lb pork butt. It maintained temperatures great. I did have to make three adjustments throughout the 10 hour cook but it turned out great. I think this cooker does need some understanding as small adjustments can really throw you off. I recommend a good pit thermometer to understand the cooker much quicker. Either way, as of now if I had to buy it again, I would. What I wouldn't buy again is the deflector and opt for the Woo with deflector instead.
    I bought a KJ Jr. rather than a MiniMax a few years ago. Great cooker.
    Why both?
    The jr is a small. Not comparable. kJ doesn’t offer anything comparable.

    Like that the MM is compact and all in one type cooker. Fits easily in the back seat or under the tonneau cover etc. size matters 
    Is the small BGE comparable to the Joe Jr?
    Yes
    It’s exactly the same, except the lower vent is larger. 

    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,493
    jp217p said:
    HeavyG said:
    jp217p said:
    The Minimax is my first and only BGE right now. I really do like it. I bought my Minimax and ordered the Joe Jr the same day about a week ago. My Joe Jr will arrive tomorrow. In the meantime I've had the chance to play around with the Minimax and I really like it. My first cook was a 5lb pork butt. It maintained temperatures great. I did have to make three adjustments throughout the 10 hour cook but it turned out great. I think this cooker does need some understanding as small adjustments can really throw you off. I recommend a good pit thermometer to understand the cooker much quicker. Either way, as of now if I had to buy it again, I would. What I wouldn't buy again is the deflector and opt for the Woo with deflector instead.
    I bought a KJ Jr. rather than a MiniMax a few years ago. Great cooker.
    Why both?
    The jr is a small. Not comparable. kJ doesn’t offer anything comparable.

    Like that the MM is compact and all in one type cooker. Fits easily in the back seat or under the tonneau cover etc. size matters 
    Is the small BGE comparable to the Joe Jr?
    Yes
    It’s exactly the same, except the lower vent is larger. 
    Except that it's got a larger grid, weighs less than either the Small or MiniMax, and costs significantly less than either the Small or MiniMax.
    Oh... and it's red, some people hate that. :)
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,437
    edited March 5
    HeavyG said:
    jp217p said:
    HeavyG said:
    jp217p said:
    The Minimax is my first and only BGE right now. I really do like it. I bought my Minimax and ordered the Joe Jr the same day about a week ago. My Joe Jr will arrive tomorrow. In the meantime I've had the chance to play around with the Minimax and I really like it. My first cook was a 5lb pork butt. It maintained temperatures great. I did have to make three adjustments throughout the 10 hour cook but it turned out great. I think this cooker does need some understanding as small adjustments can really throw you off. I recommend a good pit thermometer to understand the cooker much quicker. Either way, as of now if I had to buy it again, I would. What I wouldn't buy again is the deflector and opt for the Woo with deflector instead.
    I bought a KJ Jr. rather than a MiniMax a few years ago. Great cooker.
    Why both?
    The jr is a small. Not comparable. kJ doesn’t offer anything comparable.

    Like that the MM is compact and all in one type cooker. Fits easily in the back seat or under the tonneau cover etc. size matters 
    Is the small BGE comparable to the Joe Jr?
    Yes
    It’s exactly the same, except the lower vent is larger. 
    Except that it's got a larger grid, weighs less than either the Small or MiniMax, and costs significantly less than either the Small or MiniMax.
    Oh... and it's red, some people hate that. :)
    The cooking grate is the same size as a small.  Dimension wise, the small and KJ jr are the same cooker, but yes, the KJ does weigh a few lbs less.  I like my KJ jr, and my mini max, and the small that I sold.  There is something different about the KJ ceramic, it is less dense, and that is probably how its lighter.  I am not sure if it is better because of it.  I do know it cooks exactly the same as a small egg.  Even fits real nice in a small nest :)



    but not so good in a mini max one, a little wobbly ...


    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,493
    Technically the KJ Jr cooking grate is larger - 13.5" diameter vs the S/MMx 13" diameter which equates to about 10 square inches of extra grid real estate. Enough room for a couple more wings! :)
    I consider the Jr. and MMx comparable cuz the grate is basically the same and they are both sold with a carry stand meant to aid in their portability unlike the Small. To me the Jr being 2.5" taller than the MMx was of no significance but for some folks it apparently is. Wasn't my intent to stir up some folks emotions by making that comparison.
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • jp217pjp217p Posts: 11
    HeavyG said:
    jp217p said:
    HeavyG said:
    jp217p said:
    The Minimax is my first and only BGE right now. I really do like it. I bought my Minimax and ordered the Joe Jr the same day about a week ago. My Joe Jr will arrive tomorrow. In the meantime I've had the chance to play around with the Minimax and I really like it. My first cook was a 5lb pork butt. It maintained temperatures great. I did have to make three adjustments throughout the 10 hour cook but it turned out great. I think this cooker does need some understanding as small adjustments can really throw you off. I recommend a good pit thermometer to understand the cooker much quicker. Either way, as of now if I had to buy it again, I would. What I wouldn't buy again is the deflector and opt for the Woo with deflector instead.
    I bought a KJ Jr. rather than a MiniMax a few years ago. Great cooker.
    Why both?
    The jr is a small. Not comparable. kJ doesn’t offer anything comparable.

    Like that the MM is compact and all in one type cooker. Fits easily in the back seat or under the tonneau cover etc. size matters 
    Is the small BGE comparable to the Joe Jr?
    Yes
    It’s exactly the same, except the lower vent is larger. 
    Except that it's got a larger grid, weighs less than either the Small or MiniMax, and costs significantly less than either the Small or MiniMax.
    Oh... and it's red, some people hate that. :)
    The cooking grate is the same size as a small.  Dimension wise, the small and KJ jr are the same cooker, but yes, the KJ does weigh a few lbs less.  I like my KJ jr, and my mini max, and the small that I sold.  There is something different about the KJ ceramic, it is less dense, and that is probably how its lighter.  I am not sure if it is better because of it.  I do know it cooks exactly the same as a small egg.  Even fits real nice in a small nest :)



    but not so good in a mini max one, a little wobbly ...


    Your KJ looks so cool in that small Nest. 
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,437
    HeavyG said:
    Technically the KJ Jr cooking grate is larger - 13.5" diameter vs the S/MMx 13" diameter which equates to about 10 square inches of extra grid real estate. Enough room for a couple more wings! :)
    I consider the Jr. and MMx comparable cuz the grate is basically the same and they are both sold with a carry stand meant to aid in their portability unlike the Small. To me the Jr being 2.5" taller than the MMx was of no significance but for some folks it apparently is. Wasn't my intent to stir up some folks emotions by making that comparison.
    No emotions stirred here, I enjoy the discussion.  Thanks for your input/experiences, it makes this fun.

    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,437
    jp217p said:



    Your KJ looks so cool in that small Nest. 
    I really like it.

    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 15,638
    edited March 5
    Looks like the dome on the KJ will give you a bit more room. 
  • jp217pjp217p Posts: 11
    HeavyG said:
    Technically the KJ Jr cooking grate is larger - 13.5" diameter vs the S/MMx 13" diameter which equates to about 10 square inches of extra grid real estate. Enough room for a couple more wings! :)
    I consider the Jr. and MMx comparable cuz the grate is basically the same and they are both sold with a carry stand meant to aid in their portability unlike the Small. To me the Jr being 2.5" taller than the MMx was of no significance but for some folks it apparently is. Wasn't my intent to stir up some folks emotions by making that comparison.
    I feel you make some valid points. I cannot wait to have my KJ and Minimax tackle some BBQ together. Thanks for your input. 
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,493
    Looks like the dome on the KJ will give you a bit more room. 
    I once did a 9lb pork butt (bone out) on my Jr. Thought the dome thermo might poke into the butt but it didn't.
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • MaskedMarvelMaskedMarvel Posts: 2,663
    HeavyG said:
    Looks like the dome on the KJ will give you a bit more room. 
    I once did a 9lb pork butt (bone out) on my Jr. Thought the dome thermo might poke into the butt but it didn't.
    What’s the rule for pulling the thermos out a bit? I get a lot of poking on my dual grate...
    Large BGE and Medium BGE
    36" Blackstone - Greensboro!


  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,437
    HeavyG said:
    Looks like the dome on the KJ will give you a bit more room. 
    I once did a 9lb pork butt (bone out) on my Jr. Thought the dome thermo might poke into the butt but it didn't.
    What’s the rule for pulling the thermos out a bit? I get a lot of poking on my dual grate...
    This is on my work mini, put the therm clip on the outside of the dome.


    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 15,638
    HeavyG said:
    Looks like the dome on the KJ will give you a bit more room. 
    I once did a 9lb pork butt (bone out) on my Jr. Thought the dome thermo might poke into the butt but it didn't.
    What’s the rule for pulling the thermos out a bit? I get a lot of poking on my dual grate...
    This is on my work mini, put the therm clip on the outside of the dome.


    A wine cork works too 
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    HeavyG said:
    Looks like the dome on the KJ will give you a bit more room. 
    I once did a 9lb pork butt (bone out) on my Jr. Thought the dome thermo might poke into the butt but it didn't.
    What’s the rule for pulling the thermos out a bit? I get a lot of poking on my dual grate...
    This is on my work mini, put the therm clip on the outside of the dome.


    A wine cork works too 
    Wine corks are what I use.  Access issue.  Be sure to use real cork wine corks because the fake ones(must have been gifted  :D) will melt on the dome.  Heard that from a friend.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
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