I know that a lot of you guys have Big Green Eggs. Also, I read TroutGeek's thread from last month where he just picked up an XL BGE. My step-son is thinking about getting one and, of course, his Mom (aka Sweetie!) would like to get him one for Christmas. And... I'm thinking about taking the plunge and getting one myself.
I have a 5 burner gas grill which I also use to smoke stuff on. It works as a smoker, although it's not necessarily ideal. He just moved into a new house (from a townhouse) and currently has no outdoor cooking apparatus.
Trying to figure out which size to get for both he and I. I'm usually in the "you can't go too big" camp (except when it comes to my belly size! ) so I'm kind of leaning towards the XL.
So here are some "facts" that might influence your advice to me:
** Both households are childless (although we're patiently waiting on grandkids!)
** We live about 1.5 hours from each other, so it's not like we can just go down the street to use the other one's BGE
** Ribs are a favorite of both households. Generally no more than 2-4 racks would be prepared at any given time, although we do have family gatherings.
** Sweetie loves chicken - mostly legs/thighs - I don't generally do whole birds on the grill, although I'm not opposed to it.
** I've recently been playing around with using pizza stones for homemade pizza, so that might be something else that I'd use the egg for.
Would the Large suffice, or should we just jump into the XL and be done with it? Does the XL use more fuel to get ready than the L? In other words, am I wasting charcoal with the XL?
What are the minimum "starter accessories" that I should get for the BGE? A "nest" on wheels? Racks? A starter bag of some special charcoal (or whatever you burn in these things ), etc.
I've got a local guy that is an authorized dealer. He knocks 10% off the retail price. Is that about normal or should I shop around?
Are they tough to assemble?
Am I missing anything obvious? Am I going to be the best step-dad in the world if I get him one? (Although he and his wife had me officiate their wedding, so I'm not sure how much more "best" I can get after that! )
Not to put any pressure on you guys, but I'd like to make a decision by Monday. The local guy says it takes "about a week" to get them in when he orders, so ordering on Monday will hopefully get it here by Dec. 25.
THANKS for all the advice that I know is heading my way!! You Big Green Tractor Guys are the BEST!