Originally Posted by schmitty28
how much lit coal does it take to load it to get it started and then do you fill it with the rest to the top when you say the burn area your talking about where the charcoal is right not the ash box where the ball valve is at correct and when u want smoke you just throw chunks in the ash pan?
Alot of different ways to light one. I fill the chute with unlit lump, place a couple sheets of newspaper in the ash pan. Set the paper on fire, open the top chute door so it acts like a chimney. When the paper is burnt up I empty the ash pan, replace it, close all the doors and open the ball valve. Its going.
Propane torches work good also. Wood chunks go in the ash pan.
Some people pour already lit lump or charcoal down the chute and then fill it with unlit fuel.