+1 on the gas assist. The paper in a chimney makes a mess with the smoke and black ash flying all over. I use a chimney with gas assist and after I see the coals start to smoke I turn the gas off. A small disposable tank lasts forever. For minion nothing easier than 6-8 coals over the gas assist to get em going. Yeah you can use a torch or other but place the coals and push the button is easy to get used to. I love the table but I really dig the 4 legs for stability and the wheels as I cover and push it near the house when cool. I would get the gas assist again if I had to do it over. YMMV
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