Just trying to work on my grilling skills. I recently purchased a new 55 Gallon barrel grill with slide out racks. I do not have much experience with this type of grill but I have always wanted one. My question concerns the charcoal set up. Last weekend I cooked on it for the first time. I set up a two zone fire. One Weber chimney full of coals on the right half and nothing on the left side. The air vent was open. What happened was the side with no coals was running about 215 to 225 degrees. The fuel also burnt out sooner than expected. Not exactly sure what happened. My questions are???
1.) considering the size of the grill, was one chimney not enough?
2.) should I have closed off the air vent?
3.) should I have put charcoal on both sides?
Any help will be appreciated