i should probably have a warning in my profile that I prefer to do things "the other way". just give some room for invention. One of those is playing with the charcoal. I use the cheapest, fast burner in the bottom of the starter chimney. Good stuff and wood chips on top. Hickory laced briquettes in the process to keep the flavor alive (just a handful of coals) Kamado Joe for heat control. (that stuff melted a metal grate on me. It gets HOT !) Stuff like that. I'm wondering if anyone else plays with the firebox mix and what you do.