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thaifighter06 08-08-2012 09:51 AM

BGE Sizes?

I've decided on a BGE, but am struggling as to which size to get. I went to ACE yesterday and gave them all a once over, but would definitely love a 2nd or 42nd opinion. As of right now, it's just me and my wife, but we constantly cook for other people (parties, get togethers, Bears games (bear down)). Will the L GBE be L enough, or just do the XL? What's the realistic cooking space on the L? The website boasts 7 racks, 6 chx, just looking for first hand experience. Thanks!

TheBear 08-08-2012 10:01 AM

I have an xl and I like being able to fit 40 chicken parts on one level.

I know people have creative solutions for creating cooking spaces on the lg. I like having the flexibility of the xl.

That being said it comes down to how much you will be cooking on a regular basis.

On a weekly basis we are usually feeding more than the four of us. So an xl made sense for us.

Good luck!

Jaskew82 08-08-2012 10:06 AM

I have a large and find it to be kind of tight on space. I would recommend the XL.

milehigh 08-08-2012 10:34 AM

My first cooker was a medium BGE that i cooked on for years. Perfect size for 2 people. I sold the medium and upgraded to the large and am glad i did. If you entertain all the time, maybe an XL, but for everyday use with a few parties thrown in, the large would be my suggestion.


Allegry 08-08-2012 10:54 AM

The biggest limiting factor with the large is the grate size. I've found that I really can't fit anything bigger than a 12lb packer brisket without more creative solutions. I can feed 20-25 pretty easily on my large, but to run a party for 40 I needed my BGE, kettle, and a buddies' ECB. If you're frequently entertaining 30+ I'd go for the XL and get a reducing ring for everyday use. Without it you're likely going to find that an XL is fuel inefficient for the small amount of food that two people will consume.

I do frequently entertain larger groups so I'm looking to add an XL.

cirk 08-08-2012 11:08 AM


Originally Posted by jaskew82 (Post 2168510)
i have a large and find it to be kind of tight on space. I would recommend the xl.

x 2!!!

JasonATI 08-08-2012 11:08 AM

I've posted pics before when I've fit 6 7lb boston butts on my large, with a $15 diy second level a large has always been big enough for me.

eggzlot 08-08-2012 11:16 AM

like buying a TV, buy as big as you can afford and the space will allow. If you can afford the XL, and have the outdoor space, get it. I have an XL and I love the size/capacity. You'll find reasons to fill it up.

Gato Gordo 08-08-2012 11:19 AM

There is always the option of buying two smaller eggs rather than just one larger egg. Having two eggs allow you to run two different temperatures, or cook direct and indirect at the same time.

I have a large and while it has always been large enough for us and our cooking needs, there have been times when I needed to use the propane grill just to get a different temperature, or to sear something quickly while continuing an indirect cook on the egg.

Smoothsmoke 08-08-2012 11:19 AM


Grabnabber 08-08-2012 11:57 AM

If you are regularly cooking for decent sized groups, get the XL and as mentioned previously, get a lump reducing ring for the small cooks or just use less charcoal and bank it to one side of the firebox when cooking for two people.

You're gonna love it no matter which one you pick. No better cooker for our winters, IMO.

Dreggs 08-08-2012 12:10 PM

I have a small and regret the choice. A percentage of smalls have breathing problems, have difficulty reaching higher temperatures. Mine is one of them. High temps are desirable for cleanouts, pizza, and TRex. A High Que has partially solved this problem, but really high temps are still beyond it.

SmokeFan 08-08-2012 01:39 PM

If you entertain a lot, get the XL. My wife, who was totally against the BGE at first, forced me to get the XL, stating that if we were gonna get the $*%& thing, then I better be able to feed groups off when we entertain.

She was so right. I have the spare second DIY grid, and I still run out of space at times when cooking for a group. Plus, when cooking the larger cuts, it's just nice to have the real estate. Are there work arounds for the Large? Sure. But then the same work arounds would yield an even greater area to work with on an XL.

I've never regretted the extra $$$ for the XL, not for a second.

BettysNephew 08-08-2012 01:57 PM

I have never heard of any Egger complain about having too much room because they bought the XL. I have heard complaints about not enough room on the smaller Eggs. A very few XL owners have griped about the amount of charcoal required to fill the XL, but most also say they get several burns out of one load, so is it truly a problem? I am extremely happy with my XL and if for some reason I need to reduce lump use, I will get one of the reducing rings.

fingerlickin' 08-08-2012 02:57 PM


Originally Posted by eggzlot (Post 2168635)
like buying a TV, buy as big as you can afford and the space will allow. If you can afford the XL, and have the outdoor space, get it. I have an XL and I love the size/capacity. You'll find reasons to fill it up.

These are my thoughts exactly. I was all set to get the L and I called at the last minute and changed my mind to the XL, best move I've made to date. I've never cooked on any other size egg so it's hard to say if it's a fuel hog in comparison. I will say I'm amazed at how much charcoal I am able to re-use after every cook.

There is a lot you can do with the various rack systems on a large, perhaps even more configurations than on an XL, but for me, I love the amount I can get on without having to do anything special (lazy guy mod). :grin: Last week I did 2-8lb. butts, a brisket flat and two NAKED fatties, with room to spare. If you cook in pans you can get 2 aluminum half pans in side by side, or 1 full size pan.

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