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What size egg to get?

I'm trying to decide whether to buy a large or extra large egg. What are the pro's and con's of each?


  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,734
    Get a large and a mini and put all the money you saved into extras of the large and mini......
    Have a large, small, and mini.
    Are you in Texas? If so you need to make the Plano EggFest.... It is not a rule you have to be in Texas to come :laugh:
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Try the search function at the top of the forum. I typed "which size egg" and it returned several pages of results.
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    Click forums then search forum. Put in large vs XL. Been discussed hundreds of time. Just search.
  • PattyOPattyO Posts: 883
    I first got a medium. I live alone and my friends are single so I don't cook in quantity. But a week later I ordered a mini. I like the function of two grills. Today I did ribs in the medium, indirect and lit up the mini for grilled vegs. I love the veratility of two different temperatures and methods of cooking. If you can't decide between a large or XL, perhaps a large plus small would cover your needs. Also when I'm only doing a steak or chops I don't waste lots of lump firing up the medium. Best of both worlds.
  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Uh-oh, PattyO! :whistle: I wonder what your 3rd Egg will be? :cheer:
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Large. :)
  • Start with large, you will be surprized at how versatile it is. Then you can add a small later if you want, and you will.
  • Get an XLG, in the long run you'll be glad you did. The extra cooking room is really nice when you cook for a group. It just depends on how many people you generally cook for. Buy a reducing ring if charcoal usage is your concern. I've had my XLG for a year and have no regrets at all.
  • ibandaibanda Posts: 549
    If you regularly cook for 10+ then the XL makes sense.
    (-) of the XL is if you are cooking for 4 you are burning a lot of extra charcoal.

    The LBGE is a great place to start, and most find it to be the most versatile size.
    "Bacon tastes gooood, pork chops taste gooood." - Vincent Vega, Pulp Fiction
    Small and Large BGE in Oklahoma City.
  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
    I speak for the large egg. I got one and liked it so much that 3 years later I got another large. It's the classic egg, dimensions and proportions are functionally perfect for cooking above a fire. Many cooking setup possibilities and a lot of food can be cooked with double grid arrangements for a weekend party or it's easy enough to fire up the large to cook for two people weekday evenings. The Xlarge is impressive and has a huge cooking grid and it might be right for you but the large is very capable and adapts to a wide range of cooking techniques.
    Good luck and have fun with whatever size you decide on!
  • Thanks for the great advice. Think I'll start with a large and go from there.
  • When and where is the Plano EggFest?
  • chrisnjennchrisnjenn Posts: 534
    I debated with myself over the xl or large. I ended up with the large because of the reasons mentioned in this thread. I'm planning on buying a small or mini in the near future so I can do a low and slow and grill at the same time. I think the large/small-mini combo is better than the xl. However, the xl is nice also. Good luck and you will love whatever Egg you decide to get.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,734
    In Plano on Nov 5th and Nov 6th.
    Steve (Hornhonk) will get you all the info. Was a blast last year.
    Much smaller than Texas Fest and much,much more interaction that would help you get on with your new egg.
    Not to take anything from the TexasFest, this is just more like a big family backyard deal.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • It took me 3 months to decide to get a big green egg. I ordered the large, but when my dealer could not supply that because of "demand", we worked out a deal for the extra large as a trade up. All I can say is I would've been very unhappy with the large. Cooked 20# turkey once & 2 18# butts last week.
  • beerguybeerguy Posts: 112
    Agreed. I love my XL for its large cooking surface and use it several days a week for just me and my wife.
  • tnelstnels Posts: 75
    I have the XL and haven't been disappointed. We made ours as the centerpiece of an outdoor kitchen and regularly host parties >15 people. We also host a large Thanksgiving gathering and cook two turkeys.
  • RTRMFRTRMF Posts: 1
    I have an XL, it was a gift, but i love it and the larger diameter lets me smoke more ribs without uneven cooking on the tips (thanks to the larger plate setter). If I was going to buy one for myself i would probably get a large because i can cook alot on it. Anyways you cant go wrong with the xl if you don,t plan on moving it too much. Also, i like to cook with my dutch oven on the grill while i cook chicken or steaks so i can fit it all on the xl, im sure you could rig that up on a large too.
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