WOW, what a journey! I hope it works out that you can get open by the weekend. It'll be a nice Christmas present. I read this whole post yesterday. You have more patience than I'll ever have. I wish you all the best and if I ever find myself in your neck of the woods, I'll stop by for some Q.
NB Bandera with baffle, fire grate, and charcoal basket mods
Modded ECB with Rotisserie
Superfast splashproof Blue Thermapen
The Big Easy Oil-less Fryer
Camp Stove and Cast Iron Cookware
Branndair Uisage Beatha Cuallach