Originally Posted by Smoothsmoke
Use the minion method. That way you shouldn't need to reload. You should get 12+ hours easily on the 18".
Well, sometimes a man doesn't get his timing right. I hate to overload my WSM, and because of that, every once-in-a-while, I have to add fuel, because the meat is taking longer to cook than I planned for. And, I haven't developed a good plan for that reload.
I share the OP's interest in reloading. I use my hands, a pair of welder's gloves and some old tongs. It works okay, I guess. i think the problem for me is knowing when to add fuel, and how much at a time.
I'm thinking about getting an ice scoop for the hardware. But, I still haven't figured out when to add fuel, when I need to.