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Minimax, Small, or Medium?

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  • builderdawgbuilderdawg Posts: 45
    What's your deck/patio/table situation?

    I just had a customer buy the minimax over a small or Joe Jr. because he wanted to set it on top of a table.  The Joe Jr would either sit too low on the ground, or too high on the table, and he didn't want to mess with a seperate nest for a small.  So the MiniMax was the way to go since it was the perfect height, and he could just set it on the ground if he needed table space.  Plus if you ever want to take it along, the MMX is easier than the Joe Jr or Small for transport.

    As someone else said, get the CGS Woo set up with stone for the small or minimax........the plate setter for these kind of sucks.  Woo gives you a lot of options, especially for raised direct.
    That is exactly my situation. I have a large and a mini-max. I went with the mini-max over the small so I could sit it on a table top. I don’t have a Convector for the mini-max, but i just use the woo with stone and it works great. 
  • CalmdowneightCalmdowneight Posts: 25
    What's your deck/patio/table situation?

    I just had a customer buy the minimax over a small or Joe Jr. because he wanted to set it on top of a table.  The Joe Jr would either sit too low on the ground, or too high on the table, and he didn't want to mess with a seperate nest for a small.  So the MiniMax was the way to go since it was the perfect height, and he could just set it on the ground if he needed table space.  Plus if you ever want to take it along, the MMX is easier than the Joe Jr or Small for transport.

    As someone else said, get the CGS Woo set up with stone for the small or minimax........the plate setter for these kind of sucks.  Woo gives you a lot of options, especially for raised direct.
    That is exactly my situation. I have a large and a mini-max. I went with the mini-max over the small so I could sit it on a table top. I don’t have a Convector for the mini-max, but i just use the woo with stone and it works great. 
    Thanks!
  • CalmdowneightCalmdowneight Posts: 25
    I thought the exact same thing, I also have a XL and bought a mini.. don't really use the mini anymore since I found these angle brackets at the fine folks at CGS:
    https://ceramicgrillstore.com/collections/big-green-egg-xl-accessories-by-ceramic-grill-store/products/xl-ang-l-brackets-pair-bge

    So last night I cooked a pork butt with a full load of Rockwood, tonight I'm cooking steaks, I took the leftover charcoal from last night and moved it to the side and put the angles up.... Truth be told with the leftover lump from tonight I can easily cook another time. Another thing to consider is by doing it this way you skip the VOC cookoff time. I tend to agree with @stlcharcoal ; and his thoughts, although I'm a big fan of the XL... eh... he probably drinks Pepsi though... Hey it's Friday, I have to throw one jab in :) 
    The brackets seem pretty neat. I haven’t heard of them until now, thanks! I reuse lump all the time, but it seems that my XL burns a lot of it up during the shut down / cool down process. If I start a full load and run it for an hour and then shut down, I usually have around half a load left the next day.
  • CalmdowneightCalmdowneight Posts: 25
    I use my Small way more than my Large.  But there are only two of us in my house. I also recommend the CGS woo and stone. 
    Thanks, a lot of times we just want to grill a piece of salmon or a hockey for salads and end up cooking in a cast iron pan in the house because of time constraints. I’d like to Egg more often!
  • I use my XL a lot, but thought something smaller wood heat up / cool down quicker with less fuel consumption. Am I wrong in this assumption? A large wouldn’t do me any good, I’m thinking medium or smaller for quick cooks of brats, burgers, steaks, etc... The XL is great for large meals but 3 brats or steaks seems like a waste at times.
    I love having more eggs, I use my minimax all the time for side dishes on weekends or mid week cooks and I like being able to take it places. 

    If I was in your spot, I would copy @Jeremiah and get a small and modify the Minimax nest for the best of both 



    Large BGE 2013, Minimax 2018 
    Instagram: @smokingdadbbq  Collection of my best BGE foodporn shots 
  • CalmdowneightCalmdowneight Posts: 25
    YukonRon said:
    Buy all three.
    That’s a thought! Considering the executive decision maker at the home front gave a lot of eye rolls during and after the initial purchase a few years back, I will likely have to proceed with caution! 
  • CalmdowneightCalmdowneight Posts: 25
    I use my Small way more than my Large.  But there are only two of us in my house. I also recommend the CGS woo and stone. 
    Thanks, a lot of times we just want to grill a piece of salmon or chicken for salads and end up cooking in a cast iron pan in the house because of time constraints. I’d like to Egg more often!

  • CalmdowneightCalmdowneight Posts: 25
    I use my XL a lot, but thought something smaller wood heat up / cool down quicker with less fuel consumption. Am I wrong in this assumption? A large wouldn’t do me any good, I’m thinking medium or smaller for quick cooks of brats, burgers, steaks, etc... The XL is great for large meals but 3 brats or steaks seems like a waste at times.
    I love having more eggs, I use my minimax all the time for side dishes on weekends or mid week cooks and I like being able to take it places. 

    If I was in your spot, I would copy @Jeremiah and get a small and modify the Minimax nest for the best of both 



    That’s a great idea! I will have to look up his modification. Thanks!
  • I use my XL a lot, but thought something smaller wood heat up / cool down quicker with less fuel consumption. Am I wrong in this assumption? A large wouldn’t do me any good, I’m thinking medium or smaller for quick cooks of brats, burgers, steaks, etc... The XL is great for large meals but 3 brats or steaks seems like a waste at times.
    I love having more eggs, I use my minimax all the time for side dishes on weekends or mid week cooks and I like being able to take it places. 

    If I was in your spot, I would copy @Jeremiah and get a small and modify the Minimax nest for the best of both 



    That’s a great idea! I will have to look up his modification. Thanks!
    Fully admit I wish I had thought of this 
    Large BGE 2013, Minimax 2018 
    Instagram: @smokingdadbbq  Collection of my best BGE foodporn shots 
  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 2,362
    edited May 18
    I just bought the minimax because I wanted semi portability.  If I wouldnt have bought that I would have bought a small. Same grid size but the small is just a bit deeper giving you a little more clearance for lump, extra airflow. mine will be used by my 8 year old son to learn to cook on and for small cooks and searing.

    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, Minimax, 22" Blackstone, Pizza Party Bollore. Cast Iron Hoarder.

    "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

  • CalmdowneightCalmdowneight Posts: 25
    I just bought the minimax because I wanted semi portability.  If I wouldnt have bought that I would have bought a small. Same grid size but the small is just a bit deeper giving you a little more clearance for lump, extra airflow.
    Thanks! I’m still trying to justify what to get and won’t be buying right away, but want to plan for it in my kitchen build. I still may do a minimax on a table (countertop) and just put it away when not in use. I was thinking the small for the reasons you listed above and the medium in case we have some folks over, but I can always fire up the XL for that!
  • CalmdowneightCalmdowneight Posts: 25
    edited May 18
    I am also intrigued by the firebox dividing angles listed earlier that would presumably make it a little faster to light the XL for quick cooks. Decisions, decisions?
  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 4,054
    I enjoy my Mini Max. I do move it occasionally. I often use it as a “side burner” and stir fry on it or cook in a skillet. I have never used a small, but I think if I were not needing the portability I might prefer the small just because there is a tad more room below the grate. Arm chair thinking for sure, but that’s my two cents worth. 
    Coleman, Texas
    Large BGE & Mini Max for the wok. A few old camp Dutch ovens and a wood fired oven.
    "Bourbon slushies. Sure you can cook on the BGE without them, but why would you?"
                                                                                                                          YukonRon
  • CalmdowneightCalmdowneight Posts: 25
    SciAggie said:
    I enjoy my Mini Max. I do move it occasionally. I often use it as a “side burner” and stir fry on it or cook in a skillet. I have never used a small, but I think if I were not needing the portability I might prefer the small just because there is a tad more room below the grate. Arm chair thinking for sure, but that’s my two cents worth. 
    Thanks! I believe I am going to look for a small or medium, whichever I can get a good deal on. This way I can still cook for 5 or 6 if needed, do quick hot dogs, chicken breast etc... I am still going to look into the dividers for the lump in the XL because my old Weber Jumbo Joe had this option with the coal baskets and it was nice.
  • EGGHEAD83EGGHEAD83 Posts: 45
    I’ve got a large/small combo and use the small most of the time since purchasing it. I cook for a family of 4 and never have any problems with space. 12lb pork butts also fit without any problems. Definitely check out the CGS woo, stone and drip pan set up with some ceramic spacers which are also Available from Tom. I picked up a spider also just for added flexibility. I prefer the small over the minimax any day. I’ve cooked on both versions of minimax and just don’t like how shallow the fire box is. The small heats up and cools down very fast and practical makes lump. Hope this helps. 
    Large BGE, small BGE, 2-22” Weber kettles, 26” Weber kettle, Weber jumbo joe, 14” WSM, 17” BS and 36” BS. Hope Mills, NC. USA. 
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 2,427
    Since it is going to be table mounted I would go with a medium.
  • PoppasGrillPoppasGrill Posts: 272
    I have a medium, the only issue is that there are few accessories for it. 
  • CalmdowneightCalmdowneight Posts: 25
    EGGHEAD83 said:
    I’ve got a large/small combo and use the small most of the time since purchasing it. I cook for a family of 4 and never have any problems with space. 12lb pork butts also fit without any problems. Definitely check out the CGS woo, stone and drip pan set up with some ceramic spacers which are also Available from Tom. I picked up a spider also just for added flexibility. I prefer the small over the minimax any day. I’ve cooked on both versions of minimax and just don’t like how shallow the fire box is. The small heats up and cools down very fast and practical makes lump. Hope this helps. 
    That helps a lot and thanks! Holds more than 4 burgers I see!
  • EGGHEAD83EGGHEAD83 Posts: 45
    Glad I could help. The small is a real work horse. 
    Large BGE, small BGE, 2-22” Weber kettles, 26” Weber kettle, Weber jumbo joe, 14” WSM, 17” BS and 36” BS. Hope Mills, NC. USA. 
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    Logic is on the side of a medium or MM. 
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 19,884
    bgebrent said:
    Logic is on the side of a medium or MM. 
    I must confess that I can't find any reason to side with your logic.  Of course I have a SBGE and won't comment on the rigs I don't own.
    But if asked, SBGE all the way for all the positives sited above!
    Louisville;  "indeterminate Jim" here; L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    lousubcap said:
    bgebrent said:
    Logic is on the side of a medium or MM. 
    I must confess that I can't find any reason to side with your logic.  Of course I have a SBGE and won't comment on the rigs I don't own.
    But if asked, SBGE all the way for all the positives sited above!
    #illogical😉
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 15,473
    Medium 
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 7,509
    bgebrent said:
    lousubcap said:
    bgebrent said:
    Logic is on the side of a medium or MM. 
    I must confess that I can't find any reason to side with your logic.  Of course I have a SBGE and won't comment on the rigs I don't own.
    But if asked, SBGE all the way for all the positives sited above!
    #illogical😉

    Minnesota
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 8,976
    lousubcap said:
    bgebrent said:
    Logic is on the side of a medium or MM. 
    I must confess that I can't find any reason to side with your logic.  Of course I have a SBGE and won't comment on the rigs I don't own.
    But if asked, SBGE all the way for all the positives sited above!
    I’ve got to go with Cap on this one especially if portability isn’t a concern but if portability is a concern  I’d recommend the mini over the mm any day.  Back to my original response before I sidetracked myself.  The small has way more lump capacity than the mini max.  This means longer uninterrupted cooks without refueling.  When using the Woo you get a better raised direct cook when you want to smoke or bake. 

    I guess I’m partial to the small because I have one and if I want a cute lil cooker I have my mini that will cook a load of food if used correctly.   

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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    How many 16# briskets or 2 babyback racks fit on that?  My only point. Must be I’m hungrier than you😁
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 8,976
    Same amount as your MM but I can go longer before I have to refuel.   Just sayin...  

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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    Same amount as your MM but I can go longer before I have to refuel.   Just sayin...  
    I suggest a duel 🤣
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 8,976
    bgebrent said:
    Logic is on the side of a medium or MM. 
    what is the logic ?   Maybe I need a medium because I already have the adult size mm. 😎

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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,384
    Buy them all. especially the medium. 

    This pic makes me laugh every time I post it. So ridiculous. But it’s fun playing with the different sizes. 

    John - SLC, UT

    2XL, XL, 3 Larges (each kid gets one), Med, MM, 2 Minis

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