Well, after lurking on the various sites for the past several years I finally purchased a large BGE with several accessories from Dave Shady's MinieEggtoberfest in Clinton, IA, this morning. Hopefully in the next several days I'll be starting the next step in my BGE adventure. Thank all of you who have patiently answered my questions and thank you Dave for helping me with my purchase.
I am sure I'll have more questions as I learn but reading the site for some time now, I feel quite confident I've learned enough to at least get me started. Again, thank all.