Something I rarely do, but when I do, I always remember how much its worth it. Took a small reverse flow over to my Moms house over the Holiday weekend as a present for her. I had some seasoned oak I brought along and promised her I would cook her some bbq while I was there. I set the smoker on her patio area and noticed she had one of those clay fire pit things that look like a giant egg plant. So, I loaded it full off oak and pre-burnt all of my splits into nice approx 5" x 10" chunks of charcoal before I transfered them into the cooker. Yes, it was so worth it !!!!! And I am sorry I did not have my camera.