For my birthday and Christmas, I asked my family for money for a Large Big Green Egg. They came through with just a few dollars to spare! The dealer offered an assembled or a boxed Egg, and I opted for the boxed one, figuring I'd learn better how it works if I put it together myself. I got the nest and side tables and they threw in a plate setter for free! The 3rd-party cover was a separate Christmas gift from my parents, and it seems to work fine.
Assembly took a while, but that was mainly due to some distractions. The online video was quite helpful although the hardware that came with the Egg was a little different than what was on the video.
I picked up some Royal Oak lump charcoal at W-M today and we're planning to fire it off tomorrow for burgers. Can't wait!