So I finally pulled the trigger and bought a steel plate - 18" X 22" and 1/2" thick. $70 plus tax. A bit pricey, I know, but oh well. The plate looks to be in good shape. However, when I rub my finger across it, an oily black soot rubs off. Does the plate need to be cleaned prior to use and, if so, how should I go about doing so? Also, should it be seasoned? Thanks in advance for the tips!