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August 25th, 2015, 11:33 am
* Abilene ** Abilene *
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Hi All,

Yesterday I received my YS640.

The first thing I did was read the manual that was sent with the unit.

I then leveled my unit and went through the start up procedure as per the manual.

Used Apple BBQ Delight pellets for my initial 350 degree burn. Started fast and I did not peak!

After about 2 hours I turned the unit off and allowed it to go through the cool down process.

After the unit stopped I opened the lid and noticed ash all of the cooking grates. More by the left hand side.

See attached pictures.

In searching the forum it was stated this was normal?

I checked to make sure the diffuser was centered and pushed all the way to the left.



BBQ Gary

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August 25th, 2015, 1:29 pm
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There will be some ash, but as you get more cooking done on the grill, you should see it subside. If it really bothers you, you can put a small amount of foil over the end of the heat diffuser to block the airflow from the small hopper end open area.

August 25th, 2015, 1:35 pm
* Abilene ** Abilene *
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Thanks for the quick reply and advice.

Just wanted to make sure that was normal prior to a heat test with some bacon.

BBQ Gary

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August 25th, 2015, 1:40 pm
August 26th, 2015, 10:10 am
* Abilene ** Abilene *
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once you get a few cooks on it I doubt you will see ash anymore.
I dont ever see it anymore

August 27th, 2015, 6:29 am
* Kingman ** Kingman *
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Hehe, I get a bit when I cook steaks. Not on long lower temps. Stuff sicks to the sides etc. And it doesn't need cleaned except the once a year scrape with a plastic scraper, cheap in the Home Depot paint department. Just need to vacuum the bottom and burn pot each time and every once and a while scrape the bottom if you must. I get chunks at times when cooking 6 butts at once for 12 hours right in the middle of the bottom. Lotta grease and ash. Not that much, but need to take care of you're expensive, awesome cooking machine.

August 27th, 2015, 9:30 am
* Abilene ** Abilene *
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Thanks to everybody who has responded! Great advice.

BBQ Gary

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Holland Grill
November 11th, 2015, 8:12 pm
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What is the damper position during the test?

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