I've only tried the minion method once and did not have any luck. Today I'm doing a 6lb brisket for Xmas Eve dinner and I started with minion this morning - almost full coal hopper of unlit and a 3/4 full chimney of lit coals poured on top. I could only get a maximum temp of 170-180. Does this method not work with the smallest WSM? It is in the mid 40s out so I switched over to the standard method to keep my meat cooking in the 225-235 range. My other question is when using the standard method and adding coals to the smoker every 4 hours should I be adding lit coals or unlit coals? Thanks, Any advice would be awesome.