Originally Posted by J'ville Grill
1. Don't spread your lit coals evenly, dump them in a depression in the center of your unlit coals.
2.Use what ever you want for a heat sink, it's your choice. You can use water, no water, clay saucer, what ever.
3. Now that you've cleaned out the inside it will run a little hot just like when it was brand new.
4. Season it up with a few cooks and find the sweet spot where it wants to cruise at. My 18.5 WSM seems to cruise around 260.
I never have to mess with the top vent, it's always full open and mine settles in between 220 and 250.
Weber Genesis Silver Gasser, WSM 18.5", BWS Chubby G2, Weber Kettle