Initial Grills Startup & Burn-In

The following process must be completed outside with good natural air ventilation.

Read the owner manuals supplied for more detailed instructions (scroll to bottom to download).

1. Everything Out

Open the hopper and grill lids.  

Remove the grill racks, grease tray and baffle plate that sits over the fire-pot.

Z Grill Lids Open

2. Turn ON

Plug in the power cable and turn the controller power switch on.

The dial must be in the Shut Down Cycle position when switching on otherwise Er2 will be displayed on the screen.

3. Turn to SMOKE

Turn controller dial to Smoke.  Listen for the fan to start up.

4. Check Auger Operation

Check to confirm that the auger is very slowly rotating.

It will turn on/off a few times in the first minute after the dial is turned to Smoke.  You will also be able to hear a “whirring” sound when the auger motor is on.

5. Check Fire-pot

Put your hand over the top of the fire-pot to see if air is blowing out.

Look to see if the ignition rod at the bottom of the fire-pot is getting hot (do not touch it).  It will get a dull red hot colour about 4 minutes after turning to Smoke setting.  Some smoke may appear as some surface oil is burnt off, that is normal. 

fire-pot ignition rod

6. Add Wood Pellets

Pour enough wood pellets into the hopper to reach the safety grate.  You don’t need to fill the hopper up.  About 2kg is sufficient for this first burn-in.  Only add lots of pellets if doing a long cook, as best to keep them in sealed bag or container when not being used.

Shut the hopper lid.

 

Pellets in hopper for startup

7. Turn to High

Turn controller dial to High to run the auger for longer, pushing the wood pellets into the fire-pot. 

8. Pellet Dropping

After about 7-8 minutes wood pellets will begin to drop into the fire-pot.  Wait for a small pile of 10-15 pellets to form.  Smoke and even flames may appear, this is normal.

9. Fire it up!

Turn the controller to Shut Down Cycle and immediately to Smoke to start the ignition rod up again.  This will ignite the wood pellets.

10. Fire🔥🔥 You Beauty!

After about 7-8 minutes wood pellets will begin to drop into the fire-pot.  Wait for a small pile of 10-15 pellets to form.  Smoke and even flames may appear, this is normal.

Awesome job, your Z Grill is alive and ready to burn-in.

Place the baffle plate over the fire-pot, grease tray in (no foil), and grill racks and close the grill lid.

11. Burning In

Turn the controller to High to run the grill at maximum temperature to burn off any oil from the manufacturing process.  This won’t smell too great, so don’t do it close to an open window.  The smell will disappear after about 10-15min. 

Run the grill on this high setting for 45min.  After 45min turn the grill to Shut Down Cycle.  Leave the power switched ON.  The fan will continue to run for about 10-15min to ensure all the pellets are burn out, before it automatically turns off. 

12. Time to Cook!

Once the grill has turned itself off, open the grill lid, remove the grill racks and give them a wipe down with a moist cloth.

Cover the grease tray with a layer of Z Grills heavy duty AL foil.

Start the grill by turning to Smoke with the grill lid open.  After about 4-5min you will see lots of smoke.  Shut the lid and turn to the desired temperature.  Wait until the temperature is reach before putting your food in. 

Refer to the owner manuals (download below) for more information!