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So I fired this thing up today. I let it run up to 500 and it held there a couple of hours trying to bake the paint and burn out anything on the inside that might have been gross. It was really clean short of a little surface rust that mostly came off when I wiped it down with vegetable oil.
I put the caps back on and throttled the valve back to get the temp down to 225. It has stayed put for the most part with very little fiddling. I am impressed with how easy it is to adjust the temperature and how well it holds it.