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Z Grills – Initial Startup & Burn-in

The initial burn-in or “seasoning” is required before cooking on the grill to burn off any manufacturing oils on the grease tray and heat baffle.

Watch the video or step by step instructions below.

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 Grills pellets smoker open lids

2. Turn ON

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

Z Grills Controller Turn ON

3. Turn to SMOKE

Turn controller dial to Smoke

Z Grills Controller Smoke Setting

4. Check Operation

Listen for the fan to start up which will run continually as long as the grill is operating.

Check to confirm that the auger is rotating – which it does very very very slowly, only 1.6 RPM.

A “whirring” sound can be heard when the auger motor is on. It will only rotate for a few seconds when first turned from Shut Down to Smoke, and then again after about 30-40 seconds.

Z Grills Auger entry in hopper

5. 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. 

Shut the hopper lid, keep the grill lid open.

Only add lots of pellets if doing a long cook.  Always store the wood pellets in a closed bag or sealed bucket to avoid them getting moist.


6. Turn to High

Turn controller dial to High which will run the auger for longer to feed the wood pellets from the hopper through the auger tube into the fire-pot more quickly.

Z Grills Controller Turn to High

7. Pellets Dropping

About 7-8 minutes after adding the wood pellets into the hopper they will begin to drop into the fire-pot.  As soon as this happens proceed to the next step.

If the controller shows LEr (Low Temp Error), don’t worry, just turn to Shut Down Cycle and back to Smoke and soon the pellets will drop and fire up. 

Z Grills pellets dropping into firepot

8. Fire Up

Turn the controller to Shut Down Cycle and immediately to Smoke to start the ignition rod up again.  

After 3-5 minutes you should have lots of smoke and then a roaring fire!

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 back in place and close the grill lid.

Z Grills fire-pot burning

9. 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 10-15 minutes. 

Run the grill on this High setting for at least 45min. Don’t worry if the grill doesn’t quite reach 232ºC on this first burn-in.

Z Grills Controller Turn to High

10. Cool Down

After 45min, open the grill lid and turn to Smoke for 10 minutes to let the fire die down.

Shut the grill lid and turn to Shut Down Cycle.  Leave the power switched ON.  

During the Shut Down Cycle process the fan will continue to run for 10 minutes to ensure all the pellets are burnt out, before it automatically turns off. 

Once the grill has turned itself off, switch the power off and unplug the power cable or start your first cook!

11. 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.

Click here to learn how to start the grill up for normal cooking and also important operating tips.

Start Cooking on your Z Grill

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