For years the Big Green Egg has been the envy of every backyard barbecue enthusiast. While I love my Weber grill I’d move to a Big Green Egg in a second if they weren’t so expensive and, frankly inconvenient given their size and weight.
Buying A BGE Direct
As of 2020 Big Green Egg (“BGE”) company started shipping their grills direct to customers from their online shop. Before this you needed to buy them from a local reseller.
My local reseller was, no joke, a pool supply store where no one seemed to know the first thing about the grills. BGE expected me to go to a pool supply store in strip mall a few towns away with all my research already done and to tell the person working there exactly what I needed. Needless to say, this wasn’t ideal for me.
But that’s different today: You no longer need to go to your local BGE retailer to buy your Egg. You can get an Egg, an Egg kit, and almost all Egg accessories online, direct from the manufacturer.
Now you can get a Big Green Egg direct from the company on their website. You can buy Egg packages (the best way to go), Eggs, and “egg-accessories,” like matching knives, shirts, and grill rings, and all that specialized BGE gear.
Ace Hardware And The Egg
Another relatively new development is that the Big Green Egg is sold at Ace Hardware. So while my pool store purchase experience wasn’t great, there is a good chance you have an Ace Hardware near your home.
Additionally, while Ace tends to be expensive, I’d be the first to admit that their employees tend to be pretty help and rather knowledgeable, so there is a good chance you’ll get your BGE questions answered if your local Ace has Eggs in stock.
Big Green Egg Packages
In the past I’ve primarily used the BGE in the XLarge size with the included Acaia table with casters. This is a beautiful setup, but it’s not cheap and it’s definitely not small. The casters are a must as they make the table semi-movable, when it would otherwise impossible to move thanks to its inordinate weight.
The kit will run about $2000 and included:
- XLarge Egg
- Acacia wood table
- Table Nest – A piece under the Egg to provide airflow, prevent trapped water etc.)
- ConvEGGtor – A ceramic heat deflector
- Grid Gripper tool
- Ash removal tool
- One bag of BGE-safe lump charcoal
- SpeediLight starters
How Much Does a Big Green Egg Cost
The Big Green Egg comes in a wide ranges of sizes with the possibility of many accessory kits, so the price covers a huge spectrum.
The cheapest Big Green Egg is the MiniMax Egg, which sells for $699. That’s for a barebones Egg, base level accessories, and a bag of charcoal. At this level you need to provide your own table, otherwise your tiny Egg will be sitting on the floor. That metal stand, known as a “Nest” will bump the price up to $939.
The prices go up from there:
- Large Egg with Nest: $1299
- Large Egg with Nest and side shelves: $1439
- Large Egg in wood table: $1535
- XLarge Egg with Nest: $1748
- XLarge Egg with Nest and side shelves: $1879
- XLarge Egg with wood table: $1959
How Much Does A Big Green Egg Weigh
Long story short, you want to avoid picking up your Big Egg Egg — it’s super heavy and it’s ceramic, so it doesn’t like being dropped (just like a real egg). That said, they do have to be moved from time to time, which is a multi-person job. The most popular Egg, the Large, is about 160 pounds!
Here are the full weight range:
- Mini: 36 pounds
- MiniMax: 90 pounds
- Small: 80 pounds
- Medium: 113 pounds
- Large: 162 pounds
- XLarge: 219 pounds
How Much Is Big Green Egg Shipping?
Here’s some great news for you: When you buy a Big Green Egg direct from the company, shipping within the United States is free (or, more accurately, it’s included in the cost). That’s right, what you see is what you pay… once you factor in tax. This’ll save you a pretty penny, since shipping a 200 pound piece of ceramic can’t be cheap.