So how often do you add charcoal or lumps to your SFB? Yes, when it goes below temp, obviously. I've found that I have a tendency to want to overload my SFB, which leaves it too hot, and then, worrying about how long it'll take before I need to add to keep it hot and just go through this whole mental thing. Yeah - I'm a newbie. I've started using lumps instead of charcoal briquettes. It looks so small amount but I need to start with less I think. Someone else mentioned "the unlit charcoal" in another thread I was on and that got me wondering. Do you put a small layer of a couple/few lumps that are already lit in your chimney on the bottom, then woodchips/smoking chunks, then unlit lumps on top? Is that a better way to do it than to try to get new ones started in my chimney before adding? Any ideas are welcome. Yes, eventually I'll get to know my smoker, but tips that can help me learn faster are welcome.