Hey, you wanted some photos of my lighting technique. I thought your's looked better, but here you go......... I normally light 32 blue bag kingsford to get 240* at my dome thermometer. In this photo there are 50 lit, since I'm cooking chicken and want to run higher. Hope it works, it's the first time I wanted to smoke hotter than 240* In this step I generally take about 70 or so unlit, and dump them next to the lit coal, not on top, or vice versa. (It's just my spin on Minions' method is all.) Then I use tongs to put unlits across the edge of the lit coals, and to make sure I have my unlits pretty much doubled up. Normally this configuration will give me 240* solid for 3 hours. Next regular smoke, I'll finish filling the pan with unlits and see if it will go 4 hrs. Today I need a hotter and shorter smoke. Not sure where these coals will take me.