Had a couple of questions for you guys about the best method for adding charcoal and when to add it. I use a WSM and have done a couple of butts which have turned out the best. I've done lots of research and see lots of different suggestions on "building a fire". I've used briquettes for the most part. Building the fire isn't the main problem it's maintaining temps for long smokes. When doing butts which are usually in the 6 lb range I usually do the following: Get a chimney filled up almost to the top going until all of the coals are starting to turn white. Dump them into and move most of them over to one side of the smoker. I'll then usually add twice that amount of coal to the other side of the smoker with minimal overlap between the lit and unlit coal. This usually will hold consistent temps for a couple of hours. So my questions are.... 1. What is the trigger for adding more charcoal? Temps start to dip? 2. Should I be adding unlit coals or should I get them started in a chimney and then add them? If this is the suggested method how do you guys go about doing this? With the WSM I'm pretty constrained on how to get them into the smoker through the access door. I've done both so far but it's less of a hassle to toss in unlit coals and let them catch. What do you guys suggest?