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BBQ_MAFIA 01-20-2008 12:09 PM

LG vs XL Big Green Egg
I have a question for those of you that use the Big Green Egg.

Given the choice and if money is not a concern, would you by a
Large or an X-Large Big Green Egg.

Is there any down side to the XL Green Egg? Does it cook as good or better then the large?

Please let me know what you guys think.


Norcoredneck 01-20-2008 12:11 PM

Lots more Eggcessories for the large.

Rick's Tropical Delight 01-20-2008 12:26 PM

for me, the xl is just too heavy cause i move my eggs around so much. the reason i got the medium as my first egg was so i could pick it up and carry it into the rv for the nascar races. i strap it down between the twin beds in the back.

i'd say get the large and if that ain't enuf for ya, get another large.

with that said, i've never cooked on an xl, but i've seen one in action before.

MilitantSquatter 01-20-2008 12:31 PM

In looking at the BGE website, it looks like there is more space (not cooking surface) between the grate level and the dome on the Large compared to the XL.

Is the picture deceiving or are the dimensions not exactly proportionate for all models ?

Rick's Tropical Delight 01-20-2008 12:43 PM


Originally Posted by MilitantSquatter (Post 541248)
In looking at the BGE website, it looks like there is more space (not cooking surface) between the grate level and the dome on the Large compared to the XL.

Is the picture deceiving or are the dimensions not exactly proportionate for all models ?

i've never measured it, but it really looks different, the height of the dome. but you need to measure to the grid. the xl has an optional shorter fire ring i think (or is that taller, anyway, there's two), and you can put the grid on the firebox if you want.

that firebox on the xl is HUGE. i'm going to guess you'll use more lump just because the ceramic mass you are heating is larger. ask yerself how many times you'll need a 24" diameter grid compared to an 18" grid.

Smokin Gator 01-20-2008 02:36 PM

I have had two larges (one I resold before I ever cooked on it) and I now have an XL. I honestly like the large better. They are both GREAT cooking machines but the XL does cook a bit differently. The lump is much closer to the cooking great and so cooking without a plate setter is really iffy. The dome is much shallower as well.
The large has a lot more accessories and if you use a double cooking grate setup you can cook as much as with the XL. As Rick mentioned, the firebox on the XL is much larger and you do use a good bit more lump.

Don't get me wrong... I have made the adjustments and feel like I can cook just as well with the XL as with the large but I would trade you for a large and a medium or small in a second!!!

cmcadams 01-20-2008 03:23 PM

But WITH the platesetter, how do they compare?

Smokin Gator 01-20-2008 04:43 PM


Originally Posted by cmcadams (Post 541342)
But WITH the platesetter, how do they compare?

Well... as far as the actual cooking there is still a little bit of difference. Not a lot but a little. I think it has to do with the lump being closer to the bottom of the plate setter.

The real difference is in the ability to use the plate setter in different ways. With the large I felt comfortable putting the plate setter right on top to the fire ring so I could use two cooking grates. With the XL I have been reluctant to try it because the platesetter would be sitting basically right on top of the coals. I've heard of a two inch ring that you could put on the firebox but I have never actually seen one. That would help.

Like I said... I do really like the XL. I guess it just boils down to I think the large is more versatile.

scottyd 01-20-2008 06:21 PM

I just bought a large green egg this weekend. well actually today on the way home from Kansas City. from all I have read and listened to I went with the large, Right or wrong I decided I just had to have one for the house.

oh one other thing Doc BBQ was cooking on one in KC on saturday and I really did not show to much emotion but I knew I had to have it. Ray is the best.

DubfromGA 01-10-2013 02:32 AM

Bumping for current opinions on the matter.....

I'm considering this......again. :)

cirk 01-10-2013 07:36 AM

I have the large and when I cook for more than 4 people I wish I had the XL

Baby Back Maniac 01-10-2013 02:13 PM

The XL is a really nice cooker but it guzzles charcoal compared to the Akorn. It's actually pretty mind blowing. If you are only going to use it on the weekends, it's not going to matter but if you use it a lot then this is seriously something to think about.

I use my grills just about every day and I've found that even though it's annoying to need space and not have it, that's actually kind of rare. A typical family of 4 could get by just fine on a medium or small for 90-95 percent of their's the other 5% that drives you crazy.

But if you have an XL and you only need the space 5% of the time, then 95% of the time you are sitting there thinking, "Wow, look at all that money...I mean, charcoal...I'm burning for no reason."

It's not just the costs but the hassle factor of lugging all that fuel home. managing the ash, etc. There is something to be said for matching the cooker to you needs and not not settling for more or less than you need.

Just My 2 cents.

caliking 01-10-2013 02:48 PM

I wrestled with this dilemna myself some time ago. I finally settled on the Large for the following reasons:

1. $699 on sale for the new model (longer handle).

2. Eggcessories seem to be more plentiful for the Large.

3. When I built my midi UDS (18.5"), I almost never used my bigger drum.

4. I figured that it would make more sense to buy a second egg at some point (maybe a Medium) for more space or keeping a different temp going e.g. cook steaks on one then move to another to sear or vice versa.

5. I heard that the XL can be a fuel hog.

I've been very happy with my LGBE so far.

K80Shooter 01-10-2013 02:54 PM

I've never used a large but I do have the x-large. I wouldnt swap it for anything. I dont really see how it can use that much more lump if youy use it correctly. I shut mine down when I'm finished and reuse the leftovers next time. Also I sometimes just move the lump to one side and put the meat on the other side for a indirect cook without the plate setter. This works great for a reverse sear. I doubt you would have room in the large to do this.

It mainly just boils don to how many people you will be cooking for. On a normal night it's just me and my wife, a lot of times my youngest son, his wife and 2 kids will come over and during holidays as many as 16 could show up. With the x-large I can cover it all.

Almost forgot. Over the holidays we smoked a 20lb fresh ham. I filled it with lump when we started and 16 hours later when it was done I still had lump left and never added any during the cook. Thats pretty good if you ask me.

DubfromGA 01-10-2013 03:09 PM

Thanks for all the opinions. I'm glad I found this site!

I should've added that one my families favorites are ribs. I prefer to lay them flat. I can only do three racks (one has to be smallish) this way on my Akorn.

The extra room sure would be nice.

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