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I made the typical ECB mods a while ago, and have had pretty damn good success using it. But lately it seems I have been running a bit too hot (temps closer to 300-325). I use the minion method, typically filling up the charcoal bowl and then removing about a 1/2 a chimney on one side to get started. After the chimney is burning hot, I dump it in the spot it came from.

Well, the last 2 times I have used my ECB, I did something a bit different. Instead of having the charcoal bowl filled up before I moved some over to my chimney, I created a ring of charcoal around the outside of the bowl. I left the middle open. I then grabbed about a 1/2 a chimney and proceeding like normal, but making sure when I dumped the lit charcoal that it was touching only on each "end". Made for better initial burning that was right around 225-250 instead of hotter.

Not sure if any others can use this idea, but I thought I would throw it out there.