Hey yall, I recently bought a Brinkmann TMLE and made a charcoal basket for it, as well as welded the seams of the firebox, and a few seams on the ash pan, to try and seal the firebox up good. I filled my charcoal basket woth unlit briquettes 1/3 to the top, and left a open space at the left corner farthest from the intake damper to dump 1/3 chimney of hot briquettes. I tried this before I welded the firebox, and most of the briquettes were burning (from the bottom up) after 10 minutes. Today, after the welding, I tried again, and again most of the briquettes were burning from the bottom up but it took around 20 minutes for this to happen as opposed to 10. What am I doing wrong? Does everyone else use briquettes, or do yall use lump charcoal or just straight wood? I've read a few reviews on here saying the TMLE is more of a stick burner, and I am ok with that but would like to have the ability to keep stable temps for a few hours at a time. I have never had a smoker that I used only wood in, so if that is the case, how do I go about it for consistent temps? Thanks!! Note: with the ash pan closed, and before all the charcoal cuaght fire, it was responding real good to damper adjustments, stack was wide open. After all the coals caught, I had little control left.