Hi, this is my first post here, so I hope this is the correct place to put this... I just started cooking with charcoal for the very first time on a new Weber bullet, and I have noticed that my briquettes aren't completely turning to ash. They are definitely ashing over, but even if I try and squeeze them with my tongs they are still solid. Does this mean that they are not burning all the way through? The fire seems to be burning fine otherwise, I have had a dry run going for about 4 hours and the temps seem to be good, I just thought it was odd when I checked the coals that they weren't turning to ash like I though they would.
If this is not normal, is there something I can do to help ensure that my coals are burning all the way through? I did just stir the coals, but it hasn't been long enough yet to see if that had any effect. It did seem like 4h was a bit early to have to stir the coals, based on what I've read.
I also noticed that the chunks I placed on top did not burn all the way through either. Would it have been smarter of me to put the chunks over the unlit coals before dumping my chimney on top?
EDIT: Do I maybe just need to be more patient?
Edited by RyanL - 8/7/14 at 11:28pm