Okay I have attempted to use the minion method three seperate times now and all three times I had the same outcome: all the coals and wood lit almost immediately and my temps went WAY above 300. With a big smoke planned for the weekend I would like to attempt this again but I am not sure what I am doing wrong. The first time I tried it I put the lit coals right on top of the unlit which makes sense why they all started right away. The second time I made a hole in the center of my pile of coals and still I had all my coals light up within 20 min. The third time I did exaclty the same as the second time only used two or three good sized pieces of lump in the chimmeny, and yet I still had every coal lit within an hour and temps sky high. What on gods green earth is the trick to this? I an using an ECB by the way, I have lifted it up off the ground with a couple of bricks and got a grate in my coal pan to get my coals up just a bit.