I've read through some of the threads here after doing a search and thought it might be good to start one asking people their specific experiences with the minion technique; what equipment they've tried it on and how they've performed this. It seems this is getting more popular, especially with the UDS units. I've heard of people getting insanely long burns doing this while only having to regulate airflow to adjust temp and keeping the smoker closed more (not losing smoke and heat to add wood). I've talked to some local guys who have talked about different ways they do this ie: layering charcoal and wood chips, with the last top layer as wood chips, then applying hot coals over this. Mixing chunk hardwood with charcoal to regulate the heat produced and topping w/lit charcoal. Using all lump charcoal and topping w/lit lump. These are various scenarios I've come up with and read about and wanted all of your opinions.