Went out at 0700 this morning to get the XL lit for the turkey. It is 20°F. The cover is frozen to the table! Took a half hour to get it peeled off without damage. Tried to open the XL. Froze shut! Lit a couple of starter cubes and put in bottom of Egg. In time the dome thermometer began to rise, but no love. Wadded up a lot of newspaper and stuffed into the upper vent. Lit one more and dropped it in. Roaring fire inside the Egg so no problems. Got the dome to open about 1/4" in the front, so stuffed in another load of newspaper and relit. Success at last! Except the recently installed gasket is pulled loose for about 6" at the rear seam. OK, fine (in my best Herb Tarlek voice) time to move on. Loaded the charcoal and started a chimney full to get everything going. Put in the platesetter, drip pan and grid. Placed the turkey on the invertabird stand and put in the Egg. Closed the dome and discovered the 14lb. bird completely closed off the upper vent. Regroup. Removed bird, grid, platesetter and upper fire ring. Put platesetter into Egg but it will not sit atop the fire box ceramic. Pulled out platesetter and rebuilt the Egg innards to original configuration, took bird off of vertical roast rack and placed breast down on V Rack. Slathered in butter/herb mix. Added 2 small pieces of Pecan wood for flavor and closed the lid. It's going to be a small miracle if this thing is done on time.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa