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Unread 05-14-2010, 12:24 PM   #1
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Question Buying a BGE advice needed

So I can get a Large BGE for my total budget out the door, no accessories. Or I can get a medium BGE out the door with 200 left for accessories. Which would be the smarter move?

I would really hate to buy the medium and find it is a tad too small. But is there any "must haves" that can't wait a couple weeks or so with whatever the BGE comes with?
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Unread 05-14-2010, 12:30 PM   #2
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Size matters, LOL
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LOL that's kinda what I was thinking :D
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I have some UDSs and find that the large BGE is small in comparison. Sure do like it tho. You need a platesetter or equivalent device from the start for sure. The rest you can make or buy when you can. I made my table yesterday using left over lumber and spent $18 for wheels and screws. Trading a VW trans for a stainless steel formed top.
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ok, I need more pictures of that table setup, I have 2 UDS and 2 mini UDS also. This will be more for grilling, pizzas, and some smaller smokes.

I am gonna have to build a table very similar to that one :D
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I can at least answer a grill question for once. And size really does matter as Jim points out.

First let me ask you a few questions?

1.How big is your faimly?
2.Do you plan on going to cook outs and showing off your skillz?
3.Are you strong enough to lug around a 200 pound grill?


I would get the large one if it were me!
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You can always add accessories, but you can't add size.

I have both a medium and a large and suggest you go for the large.
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Quote:
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I can at least answer a grill question for once. And size really does matter as Jim points out.

First let me ask you a few questions?

1.How big is your faimly?
2.Do you plan on going to cook outs and showing off your skillz?
3.Are you strong enough to lug around a 200 pound grill?


I would get the large one if it were me!
1.) 3 for this discussion
2.) maybe :D I get rave reviews all the time with a weber kettle and barrel, so I think this will only make me better.
3.) No but I am crafty like McGyver LOL
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1.) 3 for this discussion
2.) maybe :D I get rave reviews all the time with a weber kettle and barrel, so I think this will only make me better.
3.) No but I am crafty like McGyver LOL
Deffently get the Large one, and if you can hornswaggle the guy try to the the last XL bge.

Oh really quick, It's NOT the tool, it's the cook.
However I believe it's the tool & the cook working together.
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how many UDS's can U make with $200
A UDS can't do what a BGE can do, but a BGE can do what a UDS can do.
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Go with the large.

I have an XL and a large and as others have said size does matter....just ask my wife.
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I originally wanted an XL BGE having previously owned a 3 burner Jen Air, and a good size offset. I just couldn't imagine being confined to 18" grill.

The price was a bit out of reach though, so I began considering the Large Egg. Then I saw a Big Steel Keg (BSK) in a Menard's and decided I had to get one even though it was only 18" (they do not have a larger size).

While I love the BSK, and have only cooked on it 10 times or so, I really wish I had a bit larger cooker. I think anything smaller than 18" would be difficult to use if you cook for more than two, and cook more than just one type of food, meat, veggies, beans, bread at the same time(s).

The intent of my reply is to address your question about size, so I'm not trying to "sell" you a BSK, but you might want to take a look at 'em. You get the cooker, all the accessories you need for about $700. (the old Bubba's, the BSK predecessor can still be found for $300-$450)

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Owned a medium for 5 years and upgraded to a large.
Get the large.
You won't be sorry.

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I have a Large BGE and really like it
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Thanks a lot everyone. I think I am going for the large. As far as the bubba is concerned. I am too impatient to wait for anything to ship to me :D

The only thing I can get close is a Primo (850 for a medium?!?) or drive 30 miles nad get a large BGE for 750 out the door.
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