Used the new grate for the first time yesterday, cleaned all the ash out and put in the grate. Used a piece of paper towel with some oil on it for the starter, shoved it through the bottom vent. One piece wasn't enough to get the lump going, ended up using 3 more pieces of crumpled up news paper before the lump was going on its own. The grate seemed to work well, will have to do a low and slow and see how it does. Today I am just going to dump more lump on top and not fuss with the existing lump at all. From what I have read that seems to be the process. Thanks to all of you for suggestions.
Tonights supper is pork tenderloin, thanks to a recent post. Love this forum.