I bought a medium egg this past weekend, and fired it up for the first time yesterday.
Didn't go as well as I had planned, but luckily I think I figured out why.
Loaded it up with lump, tossed in 2 of the starters, lit them up, waited about 5 minutes and lowered the dome. Opened the top and bottom all the way and waited. Got up to about 500 degrees, which wasnt bad. But wouldn't get any higher. So I threw the boneless skinless chicken on anyways, as the family was getting hungry. It came out alright, but didnt get the nice sear that we like on the meat. I had bought one right off the store floor, and it appears that they didnt put it together properly, as about 3/8" of the felt band on the lower half of the egg was visible when the egg was closed. So tonight i'll be adjusting that and trying again.
btw, I'm Jason, from just outside of Tampa. Married, 2 young daughters, gov't employee, 29 yo. And unlike Blown87's post a few below, I prefer the sound of a turbocharger.
Sadly I had to get rid of my turbo powered car for something better suited for the family.
This weekend I plan on doing a few racks of ribs.....or possibly some steaks. Depends on if I can get the wife to OK the purchase of a plate setter and V-Rack.
I've been lurking around here for the past week and have already gotten a TON of great info!