I can do anything a BGE can do in a $90 Weber Kettle
This is true if you're only using a BGE as a conventional grill....the only advantage would be if you're trying to grill something in inclement weather...the egg holds the heat.
Now when you decide to go to indirect cooking...the egg is in a class all by itself...I can put a pork butt on (or several) set the vents for 180-200..and go fishing the rest of the day. I don't have to worry about running out of fuel or flare ups...it'll hold that temp for hours on..
How about pizzas & calzones ..I guess you can do them on the Weber..I've never tried..
I do own a Weber, Traeger & a welded up propane tank that serves as my "redneck" smoker all of which I occasionally use but the BGE is my go to grill most of time.
This is true if you're only using a BGE as a conventional grill
I can offset cook, smoke, slow cook, make pizzas, calzones, and get get a much hotter fire to cook 10 T-bones (at once) if I so desire.
True, I will have to tend the fire more and use a starter chimney. But for our style of cooking; tailgating at football games, I am there with my crowd anyway.
Which brings up the transportability point; I made three short legs that fit inside the Weber and can stow the grill in one of my bays. I ain't toting a heavy, $900 grill to a parking lot.
I am not knocking BGE's. I have cooked on them, been to BGE Rallys, know many people that have them. I'm just saying for my money, I can do anything I want on a Weber. And have more grill space to work with.
If its a gift, go for it. I personally think they are overpriced and a bit gimmicky. I understand that they works as advertised; you can control the heat and they use less fuel. But we are somewhat of what you would have to call professional tailgaters having been tailgating UF football in our RV for 15 years. I can do anything a BGE can do in a $90 Weber Kettle grill and it has a lot more surface area. Can BGE do three beer butt chickens? As far as using less charcoal, so what? You can buy 40# bag of charcoal at Lowees or Sam's for nuttin. I can also rotisserie on my Weber.
We have a winner right here. I've cooked on a 22.5" Weber for over 30 years, and you can't beat it. I can cook anything on that that you can cook inside the house, anything. I even cooked our turkey in a Smokey Joe (a small Weber) while stationed in Turkey, because the oven was so small we could even get a smal turkey inside the oven. I know, I can hear the jokes now, we were stationed in the copuntry of Turkey, and had a Thanksgiving turkey.
The Egg absolutely rocks; once you get your fire settled she'll easily hold temp hour after hour after hour...
The Egg and similar kamados are principally smokers or "outdoor ovens" intended for long, slow cooking. Although they're expensive they're actually around the same price (for cooking capacity) as other high-quality smokers such as Stumps etc. If you don't want to go the price for an Egg you can do exactly the same thing with a Weber bullet but you'll have to fiddle with and refuel a bullet more often.
Although the Egg can be used as a direct-cooking grill that's doing it the hard and excessively-expensive way; you can buy a Weber 22" kettle for less than $200 and it's much more useful as a grill than an Egg.
Of course it makes sense to me to have a large Egg and a Weber performer. LOL