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Build a basket. I have a 60 gallon and I found I needed to contain the fire area to a 10x10 center area of the fire box. it helps keep the coals together. I put charcoal in to get my temps up and then I switch to wood. I use can size splits and it helps keep those all together as well. My basket is nothing more than expanded metal formed into a square about 8" tall.
I used to start my fire with just wood and a weed burner.
But I have a problem getting wood this time of year so I started using charcoal to get my coal bed.
I have a charcoal chimney that I put a piece of stove pipe on.
This way I can get the charcoal onto the grate evenly without a basket.
Here's how it looks.
Here it is using it on my WSM.