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Trick Question: Keep "L" or sell and get a "Mini-Max" to complement "XL"

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  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 6,174
    edited May 2014
    Another vote for keeping the Large and getting a cheap kettle for tailgating.  Also remember you can use the Large's pizza stone, platesetter, etc. in the XL too.

    May be I'm missing something, I don't get the 'two Larges can share accessories' concept as an advantage over XL+L.  I use my Large's platesetter, pizza stone, drip pan, etc. in my XL.
    canuckland
  • LitLit Posts: 6,856
    The KJ junior is available and I love mine. $400 with a stand, woo like raised cooking adapter, stone for indirect, and ash tool. Hard deal to beat. Also good choice never sell your XL. I wouldn't trade my XL for 2 larges.
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,888

    Seems my original topic has kind of derailed, and I actually am at least partly to blame, hehe... any more thoughts regarding my current conundrum?

    My bad :-D. If the LG is getting no use and your family's needs would be better fulfilled with the XL and MM I say do it.

    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • grill4usgrill4us Posts: 100
    Yes - right - wrote Jimmy but thought Johnny - sorry Johnny!

    Egglegal Alien - Keep the large egg - it'll get use, won't it?  If not, sell her, but really now it's a LBGE - what's not to love?
  • Seems my original topic has kind of derailed, and I actually am at least partly to blame, hehe... any more thoughts regarding my current conundrum?
    My bad :-D. If the LG is getting no use and your family's needs would be better fulfilled with the XL and MM I say do it.
    Hehehe, no prob... 

    Oh, it gets used alright, it's been cooked on 3 times in the last seven days, XL got 2 uses on the same time... I don't know if it's "a phase", but I've been cooking on a BGE 5+ times a week on average since I first got one last August.

    If I'd had the MM, 2 of those 3 cooks on the L could have been done there and the third would have been done on the XL.
    XL BGE + Large BGE @ Monterrey, Mexico
  • Another vote for keeping the Large and getting a cheap kettle for tailgating.  Also remember you can use the Large's pizza stone, platesetter, etc. in the XL too.

    May be I'm missing something, I don't get the 'two Larges can share accessories' concept as an advantage over XL+L.  I use my Large's platesetter, pizza stone, drip pan, etc. in my XL.
    The thing I don't fancy about getting a cheep kettle is that I really like to get 600+ temps for most of my steaks (which I figure would be a major part of my camping/picnic menus) and I don't think I could get those temps on them, of if they'd collapse after a few uses at that temp if I do get there.
    XL BGE + Large BGE @ Monterrey, Mexico
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 26,382
    Sell the large, buy the mini-max.  Don't listen to any of these other folk, they're just projecting their desires into your advice.
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  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,888
    What would you "GAIN" by losing the LG and getting the MM. List pros vs cons on each. I just feel the LG would win that battle. But, that's your decision friend.
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 26,382
    @NPHuskerFL: more space, not spending any more money, not having the capacity to be asked to cook for giant crowds, spending less on lump with a smaller grill, etc.  But the OP has defined his needs, I'm just making them up based on your question.
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  • Egglegal_AlienEgglegal_Alien Posts: 113
    edited May 2014
    Pros and cons I see of selling the L and getting the MM

    Pros:
    Sear temp capable mobility
    Save a little space on my smallish deck
    Save a little lump (pfff!) 

    Cons: 
    Selling an Egg (somehow it feels wrong, plus I don't expect to get back what I paid for it and I know it's still worth)
    Losing some grill surface 
    Having to re-buy accessories

    Can be done with the L but could be better with the Mini-Max
    Dual cooks with roasts / grilling / sides done on XL and searing on the smaller Egg
    XL BGE + Large BGE @ Monterrey, Mexico
  • grill4usgrill4us Posts: 100
    Why not have both?  You were going to buy the mini-max anyway.  It's a hard decision - but a fun one.  On one hand you can have a mini-max for zero $$ from your wallet, or you could be the proud owner of 3 eggs.  Will they all get use?  If so, why discard one?  
  • Egglegal_AlienEgglegal_Alien Posts: 113
    edited May 2014
    grill4us said:
    Why not have both?  You were going to buy the mini-max anyway.  It's a hard decision - but a fun one.  On one hand you can have a mini-max for zero $$ from your wallet, or you could be the proud owner of 3 eggs.  Will they all get use?  If so, why discard one?  
    Having enough trouble selling the whole two BGE idea to SWMBO, hehehe.

    ... I still might do it though.

    XL BGE + Large BGE @ Monterrey, Mexico
  • Egglegal_AlienEgglegal_Alien Posts: 113
    edited May 2014
    I'm starting to buy into the "keep both XL and L and give the Smokey Joe a try" idea.

    The Smokey should do at least for the time it takes BGE to launch the MM, and in the meanwhile I'll have enough time to test drive the XL + L combo.

    And even if the kettle don't deliver searing temps or it melts down from them I'll come back to think some more about buying the MM and it won't be a huge loss, The Smokey Joe it's cheeper than almost any BGE accessory, hehe... 

    Thanks for your input guys!
    XL BGE + Large BGE @ Monterrey, Mexico
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 6,174
    Want to test drive my Sputnik?
    image

    canuckland
  • Sure thing... can you ship it to Mexico? 

    What is that thing? Looks cool.
    XL BGE + Large BGE @ Monterrey, Mexico
  • tjosbornetjosborne Posts: 527
    What would you get for the large? Nor too much. Keep it and get a MM too if you think you really need one.
    middle of nowhere- G.I. NE
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 6,174
    marketed by IKEA many moons ago! I got it at a yard sale.

    image

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    canuckland
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 26,382
    That's the "Kugelgrill" from Ikea.   It's häftigt.


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    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr, Akorn Jr, smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.  Registered republican.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,888
    edited May 2014

    Want to test drive my Sputnik?

    image

    That'll look purdy propped up on the left side of my table. Edit> or on the tailgate at the beach!
    ;)
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • DMWDMW Posts: 12,315
    I'm starting to buy into the "keep both XL and L and give the Smokey Joe a try" idea.

    The Smokey should do at least for the time it takes BGE to launch the MM, and in the meanwhile I'll have enough time to test drive the XL + L combo.

    And even if the kettle don't deliver searing temps or it melts down from them I'll come back to think some more about buying the MM and it won't be a huge loss, The Smokey Joe it's cheeper than almost any BGE accessory, hehe... 

    Thanks for your input guys!

    To get a good sear, you don't need high dome temp. You need high temp from the coal below. Either fill the kettle a bit higher than normal and/or drop the grid down lower, use a CI pan directly on the coals, or just drop the steak directly on the coals. BTW, I like the keep both and get another idea.
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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 9,837
    Keep the L, buy a Smokey Joe ($30) for tailgaiting. 

    I have been looking at a Jumbo Joe locally. It is $25 at a returns store
    You mean like Big Lots?  


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  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,795
    Essex
  • Egglegal_AlienEgglegal_Alien Posts: 113
    edited May 2014
    DMW said:
    I'm starting to buy into the "keep both XL and L and give the Smokey Joe a try" idea.

    The Smokey should do at least for the time it takes BGE to launch the MM, and in the meanwhile I'll have enough time to test drive the XL + L combo.

    And even if the kettle don't deliver searing temps or it melts down from them I'll come back to think some more about buying the MM and it won't be a huge loss, The Smokey Joe it's cheeper than almost any BGE accessory, hehe... 

    Thanks for your input guys!

    To get a good sear, you don't need high dome temp. You need high temp from the coal below. Either fill the kettle a bit higher than normal and/or drop the grid down lower, use a CI pan directly on the coals, or just drop the steak directly on the coals. BTW, I like the keep both and get another idea.

    I know, I've done both, first time I dropped a steak straight on the charcoal I was surprised not to get virtually any ash stuck to it :D.

    ...still, I think airflow on BGE helps getting higher charcoal temp, same principle behind bellows on a forge.
    XL BGE + Large BGE @ Monterrey, Mexico
  • AcnAcn Posts: 2,498

    If you'll be doing mostly high-temp searing you might want to check this out:

    http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-L410-Pre-Seasoned-Sportsmans-Charcoal/dp/B00022OK2A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400089540&sr=8-1&keywords=lodge+grill

    I know some people who have them for camping and it works great for steaks/burgers/hot dogs.  It may be a touch pricier than some of the other things you're looking at, but Lodge generally makes great stuff, and if you keep your eyes on Amazon the price might drop some, if it isn't a pressing need.

    LBGE

    Pikesville, MD

  • I don't get the Minimax. Short as the Mini with a bigger diameter. Makes it just a heavier mini in my mind.
    Gittin' there...
  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,020

    Agreed.  Same draft door as the small, mini?  Reduced firebox size, BBQ will be a challenge with the ConvEGGtor thrown in the mix?  Elimination of raised direct, where the BGE shines IMO? 

    Nice thing about the small, it works similar to it's larger siblings.  Going from an 8lb butt at 250 to 12" pizzas at 600.    

    Brandon
    Quad Cities
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