Second time I used it I only lit 10-12 briquettes and it worked a lot better. No I didn't use lighter fluid, I used a paper towel with vegetable oil and the chimney upside down. I Let them get good and lit and dumped into the basket and I was off.
Comp briquettes still ran a little hot 325ish but I was using the grid with no rebar so more draft.
(2) Large BGE