So, I'm a recovering (W) addic. I had a contractor install a (L)BGE in our outdoor kitchen a year ago. He built an under-cabinet shelf and cut a hole in the granite counter-top and mounted the egg on a Lazy Susan. And here's where the fun begins. I can't open the egg front to back account the lid hits the back wall. It only opens (full) either left or right. I bought the ash tool but can't use it account the clearance between the bottom egg opening and the cabinet door is too tight so I can't properly manipulate the tool to clean the egg. I must open left or right, remove all charcoal(enter from the top), remove the grate, along with part of the ceramic fire box to give the egg a proper ash cleaning. Since it is a charcoal dust nightmare (all over the counter-top), I try to clean every thirty days. When I do clean it, I look like a coal miner. I grill approximately once per week. Now comes the lighting and temperature drama. I've tried the BGE lighting sticks and/or an old charcoal chimney. It still takes forever to heat the egg, usually longer than 30" with both top and bottom vents open. Cabinet ventilation is adequate with plenty of clearance for the egg. So I purchased a propane weed burner, yeah I know, my wife said it too. I was over the top. I hook the weed burner to a 20lb. propane tank and away we go. Quicker, but a pain in the butt with having to drag it and the propane tank out of the garage and being careful not to summons our local fire department when lighting. So I'm kinda back to square one. To the point I even threatened to replace the BGE with a, you know, a (WK). Additionally, I can't quite get that same great (WK) bbq when simply grilling. I lose 20-50 degrees of heat when opening the lid and then there's the recovery time. When I leave the lid open for turning, basting or saucing, the heat burns off all hair on my arm(I purchased a welder's glove...kinda awkward). I read a number of posts about lighting and cleaning but haven't found the holy grail. Looking for enlightenment from forum members who may have suggestions on an easier ash cleaning method(using RO lump brand) and any hints that would facilitate lighting the thing without creating a volcanic replica in the ODK or other helpful grilling techniques to make me fall in love with the BGE...At best, it is a strained relationship. It seems between the lighting and cleaning processes that the BGE is a maintenance nightmare(sorry if I offended any Egg-Heads). Appreciate your feedback.