Well, finally got the thing blowing blue (invisible would be more accurate.) Only took 3 hours but it's finally settled in and running at 287*. I just want thank everyone who chimed in. I just hope I don't run into this problem again. Guess I have to start her up 3 hours before I put the meat on and plan accordingly. Thanks again.
Modified Char-griller w/sfb, red char-broiler vertical, 22.5 Wsm.