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Old 03-06-2017, 09:54 AM
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We were in the process of doing a built in propane grill but over the weekend running chores my wife and I got a bit of a schooling on the Egg. I have never heard a bad thing about the Egg, but was wondering if from a convenience perspective it was a PITA to use v a gas grill.

can anyone tell me your experiences, if i just want ti grill some fish for example will it take a lot longer and can i easily control the temp? Love the fact i can sear a steak at 700 degrees, but is it easy to do other stuff

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Easy to do anything you want...little longer time to get the coals where you need them vs gas, but not a deal breaker for me. I love mine. Did another spatchcock chicken last night and it was better than the previous one.
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Old 03-06-2017, 09:59 AM
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You need both, if I had to pick only one I'd get a gas grill.
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You need both, if I had to pick only one I'd get a gas grill.
I'm the opposite...if I could only get one, it would be the BGE (or similar)

You can grill, smoke, sear, bake, etc...
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IMHO they are apples and oranges. I have an egg and a Weber Genesis. Pork butts and ribs go on the egg, shrimp skewers on the Weber. Overall I like the egg better but to me it ain't worth waiting 15 minutes to do 6 minutes worth of cooking.
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How frequently do you grill? If very frequently, they are no big deal at all. The one place they suffer, especially in our humid weather, is when you cook on them infrequently and leave ash in them. All of the air holes will clog up, and have to be cleared before cooking the next time. I would recommend that anyone who has one pick up a "kick ash basket" which will largely eliminate this frustration. I've cooked many meals on my dads. His used to stay at the lake house when I lived there, and it was my day to day grill at that time. Once you get the hang of them, they are very easy to control, but there is a learning curve, though be it not a difficult one. I would say on average a typical grilling session on an egg will take an extra 15 min to get the fire up to temp, once you get the hang of it. Several schools of thought on the best way to go to get them lit. I always just start a small amount of coals in a chimney starter (about 1/2 full) sitting next to grill, and add to the grill once it gets going. The electric starter also works well if you have power close by, but does need to be watched to insure that you don't burn up the element once it gets going.

Not to start a grill war, but if you are looking at one, also check out the Kamado Joe line. Never been disappointed by the egg, but if I were buying one today I would give the KJ a serious look, as they essentially include a lot of the must have accessories with the grill from the factory, at a slightly lower price point.
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You have to have both... BGE and Weber Genesis is best combo Ive found.
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I have both and use the Primos for cooks that I have the time and meat to cook. If I need speed for like a hotdog or grilled chicken fast then I use the gas grill. Everything taste better on the Primos in my opinion. But you must get your lump going and controlled temp. I have never cooked anything that did not take at least an hour from start to finish.
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:20 AM
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I use my xl all the time got rid of my gas grill years ago cause it never got used after the egg came along
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I threw my gas grill out after using a ceramic a couple times.

last night touched on your questions:

I grilled teriyaki chicken. And YES it takes longer to get grill going than to actually cook. But if you can't/dont want to take 15 mins then the ceramic is not for you

It cooks 10x better. Juicy, its amazing how juicy everything is compared to gas



So I put some charcoal on it. got electric starter going and then went back inside to start rice cooker. Cut some veggies to grill. Opened a bottle of wine.
grill temp and coals were ready. Put chicken on and while just flipping a couple times. finished veggies and rice. done

i have the Home depot Vison- $599 worth every penny
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:39 AM
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Sam's had the Vision for $549 a few weeks ago...I'd go that route before I bought another BGE (it is cheaper price). Buddy bought one, but had the interior bowl and grate crack on him, but Vision sent a new one to him after he sent a pic.
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So i have a Weber Genesis on a small deck of the kitchen on the house main level.
Long story short we upgraded pool last year and now spend days just hanging out down there. We have a bar on the pool level and thought having a built in grill down there would be good as we wouldn't have to go upstairs to cook. I got some quotes for a gas grill and island and it just seems like a lot of $$. We would mostly be grilling fish and seafood (my wife doesn't eat meat). As i type this I think I'm maybe answering my own question, probably makes sense to simply get another grill for downstairs given how we use it.
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I've had my stainless Charbroil for around 15 years and a large BGE for about 10. I alternate between them and cook outside probably 5 nights a week. I use the gas for quick steaks, hamburgers and rotisserie. I use the egg for steaks, all kinds of roasts and smoking. I wouldn't do without two.
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Originally Posted by Rival1 View Post
You need both, if I had to pick only one I'd get a gas grill.
this, my wife can do the gas grill so cooking chicken breasts or whatever, she can knock it out before I get home from work. On the weekend when I want to do ribs or steaks, I can get the egg going and take my time. No way my wife would mess with the BGE.

I did get a nicer grill last time I got one, its a phoenix and cooks with indirect heat. Cooks the best chicken Ive ever had and steaks are great (the only downside is it doesn't sear like an open flame).
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After getting a BGE I took my gas grill to the dump
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Rival1 View Post
You need both, if I had to pick only one I'd get a gas grill.
X2 ... I actually do a lot of smoking using my Weber genesis gas grill. Works damn good too!

But always doing burgers, steaks, etc and no question the grill would get used more in that way.

Having both would be idea as the BGE would be a dedicated smoker for when smoking something for long periods of time
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
I'm the opposite...if I could only get one, it would be the BGE (or similar)

You can grill, smoke, sear, bake, etc...
Yep. Gas grills are a one trick pony.
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Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
You have to have both... BGE and Weber Genesis is best combo Ive found.
Using that logic on the wife now...birthday is coming up and they are having a sale on the medium BGE with stand for $749.00
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Using that logic on the wife now...birthday is coming up and they are having a sale on the medium BGE with stand for $749.00
If you already own a gas grill, then I would look at a pellet smoker versus an egg. I have both and find the pellet smoker to be much more convenient then a charcoal grill. The quality of the product is very similar.

Gas is good for grilling but sucks as a smoker.
Pellet smokers are good for smoking but suck for grilling.
Ceramic cookers are good at both but less convenient and usually more expensive than the two above.

If you only want one device to do everything, then the ceramic grill is the best option. If you already have a gas grill, then your money is better spent on a good smoker that's easy to use and less expensive. That would be a pellet smoker.
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BGE all day. Simple to use, wish I had bought it sooner
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