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Ozzie Isaac
11-24-2014, 02:09 PM
I have an 18.5" WSM, a 22.5" Kettle, and a two burner gasser. The kettle to me is almost the perfect size, but the Green Egg size range I am looking at is either 18.25" or 24".

With that in mind, do you guys prefer the Large or the XL Green Egg? It seems the large is the most common. Do you guys with the Large wish you had gone larger? Do you guys with the XL wish you had gone smaller?

rwalters
11-24-2014, 02:50 PM
What types of cooks would you be doing on a BGE? Grilling, roasting, low-n-slow... whatcha cooking?

How many people would you be cooking for on a regular basis?

Do you entertain much?

fingerlickin'
11-24-2014, 02:59 PM
I had an XL. Loved it. Sold it. Now have a Vision that's more the size of the L and wish I still had the XL. I will have another XL BGE some day, or a Primo XL.

My view is it's better to have the space and not always need it than to not have the space when you want it.

Ozzie Isaac
11-24-2014, 03:05 PM
What types of cooks would you be doing on a BGE? Grilling, roasting, low-n-slow... whatcha cooking?

How many people would you be cooking for on a regular basis?

Do you entertain much?

Weekly I cook for my family and usually whatever friends the kids have over. So I would say 5+. Monthly I cook for friends and neighbors so 4 adults and 6 kids. My 22.5" kettle is about right.

I like smoking on my WSM, but would be doing steaks, burgers, wings, whole chickens on BGE. I would also like to do ribs without trimming.

rwalters
11-24-2014, 03:41 PM
Weekly I cook for my family and usually whatever friends the kids have over. So I would say 5+. Monthly I cook for friends and neighbors so 4 adults and 6 kids. My 22.5" kettle is about right.

I like smoking on my WSM, but would be doing steaks, burgers, wings, whole chickens on BGE. I would also like to do ribs without trimming.

Based on your answers, I'd strongly recommend the XL. I have a Kamado Joe Big Joe (same size as XL BGE) and cook on it a lot! I used to have both a KJ Classic (same size as L BGE) and my KJ Big Joe. Sold the Classic, as I much prefer the Big Joe.

Just because the XL kamados are big, does not mean that you can't easily do smaller cooks... you can! I did enjoy my Classic, but often found myself very cramped for room... I got very tired of that. No more :-)

Just out of curiosity, have you looked at the KJ Big Joe?

Ozzie Isaac
11-24-2014, 03:44 PM
Just out of curiosity, have you looked at the KJ Big Joe?

I have not looked at the KJ's. Only reason is I have a local BGE dealer who my father has delt with a lot. Really good guy who has a passion for fire and food.

Ron_L
11-24-2014, 03:46 PM
You can do everything that you listed on a Large, but if you can afford the XL, I would go for it. Very few people buy a grill or smoker and say "I wish I had bought a smaller one" :-D

16Adams
11-24-2014, 03:46 PM
Primo Oval XL. All my green egg buddies are envious. If you insist on huevos verde buy the biggest you can afford

Jason TQ
11-24-2014, 03:56 PM
Love my XL. I would not want a smaller egg. You can grill so much more on the XL and make big pizzas too :grin:. If you can afford the XL get it.

rwalters
11-24-2014, 04:03 PM
I have not looked at the KJ's. Only reason is I have a local BGE dealer who my father has delt with a lot. Really good guy who has a passion for fire and food.
Buying local from a great guy is hard to argue with! I'd probably do the same thing!! Which way are you currently leaning? Here's the biggest reason that I like the XL size... with regards to smoking, there are 3rd party products that can double or triple the surface area of a large BGE... but thats only for smoking. If smoking is what you are after, then by all means, buy the large and enjoy the heck out of it. However, if you are thinking that you will be using it as a grill as well... 18" is not very much cooking surface. Heck, just take a look at your 18.5" WSM... not much room to spread out, eh? Want to grill with direct/indirect on a large... it's very tough. Just my 2 cents.

HolySmoke77
11-24-2014, 04:33 PM
Get the XL you wont regret it. Wouldn't trade mine for nothing. I do pizzas, steaks at 700 degrees if you want to and can smoke 4 butts, holds moisture like no other. Go for it!

Gore
11-24-2014, 04:36 PM
If I'm buying an offset or gasser, I might consider something smaller to save fuel, but that is the only reason I can think of to want a smaller pit. In ceramic, get as large as you can afford.

That's what you want us to tell you anyway. :becky:

Ozzie Isaac
11-24-2014, 05:50 PM
If I'm buying an offset or gasser, I might consider something smaller to save fuel, but that is the only reason I can think of to want a smaller pit. In ceramic, get as large as you can afford.

That's what you want us to tell you anyway. :becky:

Haha. Yeah sort of. I am really leaning towards the larger one. I love my WSM for smoking, but grilling on it is a pain, thats why I got the Kettle.

I plan to use the BGE for grilling steaks, burgers, and cooking chicken hotter than I can get my WSM. When I do chickens I like to do a couple at a time for left overs. I also butterfly my chickens so they take up a lot of rack space.

BBQ Nuts
11-24-2014, 06:03 PM
I have the L and nearly every time I use it I wish I had bought the XL.

jsperk
11-24-2014, 06:06 PM
I would get the xl. I have a large Grill Dome and I like cooking on my kettle 22.5 because of size and indirect and direct setup at the same time.

That said I'm in the process of trying to sell my large Grill Dome to get into a Primo XL. Love the oval shape.

smoke ninja
11-24-2014, 06:34 PM
When I grill I my kettle (22) it's never really enough room. I'm sure the same is true for flower pots. Grillin is all about heat zones. Bigger grill equals more possible zones.

Ron_L
11-24-2014, 08:10 PM
Yo Ozzie...

Did you see this?

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=201204

jermoQ
11-24-2014, 08:30 PM
I don't have a BGE, but if I was committing the $$$ to it I would go XXL just because I will cook for up to 45 people two or three times a year (beef shoulder clod, pork shoulder, maybe chicken or fatty) and think that space wise, it would be the best for me. I know someone said somewhere else that you need a whole family to lift it, but if you are committing to one you will have a lot of room?

BBQ_MAFIA
11-24-2014, 08:43 PM
I have a Med, Large, and XL BGE. If I could only have one it would probably be the XL. In saying that my Large gets the most amount of use. I have 5 kids and a wife so including myself I have no issues using the Large to cook for seven people.

Good luck with your choice.

MattM
11-24-2014, 11:48 PM
I have the large and I have had a few scenarios where I wish I had the XL... It isn't a huge problem but I wish I would have bought the XL.

Big Kahuna
11-25-2014, 07:24 AM
Go big or go home!! I love my Primo XL, can't beat it's versatility. BGE XL was my second choice. Got a screamin deal on the Primo and haven't looked back.

Oldyote
11-25-2014, 07:49 AM
I have a large BGE and if I had it to do over I'd buy the XL. I'd also consider the Primo.

Ozzie Isaac
11-25-2014, 08:14 AM
Thank you all. It sounds like bigger is better :)

I plan to stop by my dealer this weekend to check out an XL he has in back. I've never seen one in person. Only seen the larges.

mtbchip
11-25-2014, 09:09 AM
Go big or go home!! I love my Primo XL, can't beat it's versatility. BGE XL was my second choice. Got a screamin deal on the Primo and haven't looked back.

2nd that.... the go big!!!! Brand name aside. Then buy a "foodsaver". Even though I'm cooking for TWO, I fill my cooker each time I use it and then freeze the remainder for quick Q meals on the days I don't have time to set up and do a proper cook.

Jason TQ
11-25-2014, 09:16 AM
I don't have a BGE, but if I was committing the $$$ to it I would go XXL just because I will cook for up to 45 people two or three times a year (beef shoulder clod, pork shoulder, maybe chicken or fatty) and think that space wise, it would be the best for me. I know someone said somewhere else that you need a whole family to lift it, but if you are committing to one you will have a lot of room?

You'd be better off getting 2 XL for the price of that new XXL. I saw one at Ace and it was $4600, which means you could almost get 4 XL's for that price. And 2 XL's will give you even more grate cooking space over 1 XXL. Though the footprint of 2 XL's would be larger.

jermoQ
11-25-2014, 02:59 PM
You'd be better off getting 2 XL for the price of that new XXL. I saw one at Ace and it was $4600, which means you could almost get 4 XL's for that price. And 2 XL's will give you even more grate cooking space over 1 XXL. Though the footprint of 2 XL's would be larger.




I had no clue they were that much! In that case it would be cheaper

Bob S
11-25-2014, 07:55 PM
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Go with the XL. You will love all of the cooking space.

cookingdude555
11-25-2014, 10:51 PM
I wished my large was an XL, until I finally added an XL to the collection.

Ozzie Isaac
11-25-2014, 11:08 PM
I wished my large was an XL, until I finally added an XL to the collection.

Thats how I feel about my 18.5" WSM. I love it, but dang'd if I don't run out of room all the time. Kind of wish I had gotten the 22.5".

martyleach
11-25-2014, 11:20 PM
I have a large and love it. It is so incredibly fuel efficient. That said, I do wish I had an XL as well. Sometimes you just gotta cook a lot of food. Fortunately, I have choices.

ajstrider
11-26-2014, 05:15 AM
The names are such a disguise. The XL is not much bigger than your 22.5" kettle. The Large is quite a bit smaller than your kettle. I went the XL route and don't regret that part at all. I cook for just me a lot on mine without much effort.

ibanda
11-26-2014, 12:34 PM
Weekly I cook for my family and usually whatever friends the kids have over. So I would say 5+. Monthly I cook for friends and neighbors so 4 adults and 6 kids. My 22.5" kettle is about right.

I like smoking on my WSM, but would be doing steaks, burgers, wings, whole chickens on BGE. I would also like to do ribs without trimming.


Cooking for 5 normally and up to 10, you could go either direction. I got the Large and I am very happy with it and can cook for up to 10, but I bought all the goodies from ceramic grill store to cook double decker and even triple decker on ribs. By the time you add extras to increase space on the large the price of the XL is pretty close.

THoey1963
11-26-2014, 12:45 PM
Weekly I cook for my family and usually whatever friends the kids have over. So I would say 5+. Monthly I cook for friends and neighbors so 4 adults and 6 kids. My 22.5" kettle is about right.

I like smoking on my WSM, but would be doing steaks, burgers, wings, whole chickens on BGE. I would also like to do ribs without trimming.

Just as a side comment, if you roll your ribs, you can do 3 or 4 racks on each grate of your 18.5 WSM.

http://www.teddybearbbq.com/images/WSM_Rolled_Ribs_07.jpg

DaveAlvarado
11-26-2014, 03:10 PM
You already have familiarity with the sizes.

L is about the size of your WSM
XL is about the size of your kettle

Basically just think of a BGE as an insulated version of those.

Ozzie Isaac
11-26-2014, 06:29 PM
Thank you all for your input.

I went to the dealer today and I decided on the XL. DaveAlvarado nailed it. The Large was same grill area as my WSM, and the XL matched the kettle.

The dealer was pushing the large really hard. Kept saying that serves almost everyones needs. Then I described the 14lbs of wings I did a few weeks ago, the turkey I did on a whim in the kettle, and the fact that I always wind up cooking for more than my family. When the smoke gets rolling neighbors suddenly appear. After I mentioned my typical cook he said, he rarely recommends it but the XL is the way I should go. I wouldn't be happy with the large.

Now I just have to wait for it to show up! Time to plan my accessories :)

P.S. THoey1963, I never thought of rolling my ribs! Thats a cool idea.

Ozzie Isaac
12-20-2014, 11:27 AM
Fired it up last night for two cheap Chickens from Costco. Forgot to get pictures of the done chickens but they were great.

Super easy to get to temp and hold steady at 350 even when it was 27 out yesterday. Cooked direct and the skin was crispy and nice. I love my WSM, but man being able to ramp the temp up to crisp the skin at the end was nice.

Usually I pop the chicken onto my OTG or gasser at the end to crisp. No need last night.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c209/Jasper21/ca79f75f-efcd-48d4-a607-b86f8c3ac02a.jpg (http://s28.photobucket.com/user/Jasper21/media/ca79f75f-efcd-48d4-a607-b86f8c3ac02a.jpg.html)

dj-ia
12-20-2014, 06:59 PM
I've had a classic Joe and now have a Big Joe and don't know that I would want to down size. As the others have said you can do everything of the large/classic and still have the room when you want/need it. Go big!

robbq
12-20-2014, 08:26 PM
I got a large and am really happy with it. The XL is too big for where I would have to put it. So far I haven't missed the extra space.

Big George's BBQ
12-20-2014, 09:38 PM
Congrats and enjoy. You are going to live it

Wolverine
12-21-2014, 05:29 AM
waiting for the UDS comment,,

bosco0633
12-21-2014, 06:00 AM
I have all kamado joe brand in all three sizes. I love my 18" but if I were to have only one it would be the 24" XL.

Congrats, I just hope you can prepare your other cookers for the neglect!!!

Ozzie Isaac
12-21-2014, 09:16 AM
Congrats, I just hope you can prepare your other cookers for the neglect!!!

The BGE better play nice. The webers out number it by a lot. :tongue: