On Saturday I opened the dome of the large Egg to light the coals and WHOA. The band gave way and the HEAVY dome fell to the stone patio while I held on to the handle for dear life. As the weight's literally pulling me over the grill head first, I'm thinking, "Don't let go, or the dome's a goner!" And guess what? I held on, and the dome barely hit the stone and didn't crack at all. WHEW! Jim helped fix the band, and we enjoyed great baked beans later that night as a result of putting Humpty back together again. Later I thought, what if the fire had been going when the band gave way? I'd probably look like Bill the Cat today! Moral of the story: CHECK THOSE BANDS before opening the lid!