Jason here from McKinney Texas.
Well, I'm officially a part of the Egghead Nation. After countless hours and hands on research, I picked up my new XL, plate setter, nest, shelves, ash tool, grate holder, 2 bags of Ozark lump, rib / roast rack, and four bottles of different Dizzy Pig rubs!
Got the egg home and assembled on my own. Everything went fairly smooth. The bands are a bit tricky, and I'm slightly concerned about the seal after many adjustments and the dollar bill test. Most of my gaps were in the back, but after a few tries I think I've got it sealed well. I did manage to bust a clinch stud after over tightening the rear hinge bracket. Im thinking I'll be ok with that one gone until I'm able to replace it. I've noticed that when I gingerly let the dome down, the dollar slides easier in spots, but if I let it fall with a bit of force, the seal seems better.
Tomorrow I plan on firing her up for the first time. Is there any distinct things I should look for as far as the gap is concerned? I'm thinking if I have a bad seal, I'll have smoke billowing from the gaskets. Should there be zero smoke, a little?
Is a burn-in truly necessary or can I get right to cooking? I'd hate to waste lump if I didn't have to.
Can't wait to get started! We are thinking steaks, baked beans, sweet corn on the cob, and fresh green beans for tomorrow nights cook.