Here's how I build my fire using the CharBroil shaker basket. I use briquettes & mix some chunks in. I leave the open space at the front left corner so the fire burns back against the air flow coming from the side vent.
I have a generic chimney that is smaller than the Weber's a lot of people use. I fill it only about 3/4 full.
I use the hand test on the chimney. I put my hand over the top of the chimney & if I can only get "one Missi.... ouch"
then I dump it.
When its time to add more bricks. I shake the basket to get rid of as much ash as I can, then rake the lit coals to the front left corner. Depending on how much longer I intend to cook, I will add 1-2 chimneys of unlit to the empty side of the basket.