Originally Posted by aarondramp
So my method the first time was good for lighting but bad for temperature control? I will give it another run tonight and see how it goes. Is the torch method fine as a substitute for the Minion method?
The minion method is more of a way of burning than lighting. Torch lighting is fine. Personally I prefer a chimney lighting technique, then dumping lit coals on top of unlit, minion style. I then let it "settle in" for a few minutes before putting the lid on the cooker. Also, if you're using kings ford blue, learn to sniff for that chemical smell when it is first lit. It sort of smells like turpentine, and the smell will go away once the coals are burning cleanly. That smell makes food taste awful so beware! Keep at it you'll get it.