Got the rig set up:
Both grates washed with soap and water before firing up. Ready to go or so I think... Have the Maverick ET-732 set up to measure grill temp:
Sacrificial food source is burgers and hot links:
I started with the book recommended 16 coals for a 1 hour cook and applied them when ready. Temp running about 440*F before burgers on:
Put on 4 thin burger patties. Not much sizzle going on although they did cook to just right temp wise. No grill marks but done. I don't have pic. Next on were hot links. You can see here that the 16 recommended coals only covered 3/5th of the cook surface.:
1. I ruined some decent food by only using soap and water on the coal and cooking grates before cooking on it. At present there are approx. 40 KB coals burning this rig off at every bit of of 700*F.
2. My Weber WSM required no burn off and it was my mistake to think that all Webers are that way.
3. Can't wait to try this little rig again.
Just my .02 on the Weber GA 1st try. There are many experienced folks here with the GA. I would appreciate any and all input from the Brethren.