One thing has changed since this thread began back in 2008: the gap in accessories has closed. I'm having a hard time thinking of any accessory for the Lg that also doesn't exist for the XL.
As for saving lump, you can bank the lump to one side like this:
Or just build a smaller pile in the center or use a reducing ring:
Considering you have an Akorn, I would imagine you'd use it for smaller cooks.
If you just need more capacity for ribs you might see if the Adjustable Rig from the ceramicgrillstore would work in your Akorn and cook ribs on multiple tiers.
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