I was reading a link in the forums, forgot where now, so no link. But it got me to thinking of some things. One person mentioned arranging lump in basket, but no other post in thread addressed that point. 1. Why not start the "initial" lighting of lump charcoal right in the basket, or on the grate, using propane torch underneath from ash drawer area, instead of using chimney? 2. Would placing & arranging, larger pieces flat on bottom for a couple of layers, then dump smaller pieces on top? Do you think I would I get a bit more longer & even heat time out of it? 3. Would I be better off lighting the chamber end, working my way back to intake end, to light them all, or just light the intake end and let the rest catch fire as it progresses? Any coals after that would have to be lit in chimney first and dumped on top of course. I could still preheat my wood on side away from fire for future adding. Your thoughts or experience on this?