I have an 84 and I start my fire by pouring some briquettes in the firebox and lighting with a weedburner, once hot enough to burn splits, I throw them on to get a big fire going and stay with nothing but wood after that. I don't use lump because it's expensive and the firebox on the 84 has no problems gobbling up briquettes to get everything going. I cook at 275°-300° so I run my cooker up to that.
Don't overthink it. I wouldn't even consider the minion method in this type cooker but thats just me.
Lang 84 Deluxe Longneck w/Chargrill,Custom Pig Rotisserie,UDS, KCBS CBJ, Ace Of Spades BBQ Team