For those of you that have been following this saga: Yesterday, I called my friend that owns the local grill outlet and asked him to please meet me at a favorite watering hole after work with a BGE electric starter. (Store closes at 6 and is quite a way from my office for me to get to before closing time) Had a drink, grabbed the starter and headed to the house ALL EXCITED that I was gonna finally get to fire this baby up. Got out an extension cord, went to insert the starter through the bottom...NATURALLY....it wouldn't fit. Proceeded to try to light it from TOP...extension cord wasn't long enough for that. Got on phone, cursed out owner of grill store. DETERMINED that I was going to light this thing...TONIGHT, I then proceeded to move: table and 4 chairs, cooking zone grill, 2 smokers and a plant. AFTER moving all of that, I WALKED table with egg across patio (right next to outlet) and FIRED THIS SUCKER UP! IT WORKED!