Finally got a chance to brew. Went smoothly and was only .004 off on pre boil and OG, and I will definitely take that. Mash process was really no big deal.
Biggest issue I encountered today was my wort was not as cool as I thought it was. Likely combo of temp probe being in contact with chiller, temperature variations throughout kettle, and my trying to rush a little and not taking final temp after transfer but before pitching. If I’d taken a second to check again I would’ve caught it but was up against dinner time. No big deal lesson learned with new equipment. Depending on where I took the reading on fermenter I was anywhere from 77-82 instead of the low 70s I thought I was at. This was a saison with 3711 so should be slightly more forgiving of this than other things.
My setup today was kettle on the stove, then cooler sitting on a chair just to the side of the stove. Vorlauf, collect mash/sparge runnings with another vessel, then pour into back to kettle. This probably seems obvious to most, but again wanted to provide example for someone in the future with similar dilemma I had. Though this adds a vessel it has a high degree of versatility.
Thanks for everyone’s help!