Well I get to repost this. The electric starter shipped today. Yes I bought the ugly thing. They suggested I could cut the bottom off a bud light can and cover the starter with that. I don't drink and wouldn't want to leave the wrong impression on people so thats out. It was a long time in R&D about 2 years. I expect it to be rock solid reliable but ugly. Im excited that I will have this ugly duckling in my hands by thursday.