Just sold my Chargriller Outlaw. Feeding her charcoal worked just fine. But like everyone has stated, I had to feed her almost every 45 minutes. I would not recommend the minion method. Way too many gaps, allowing way too much air flow for a controlled burn with that much charcoal present. I started with about 3/4 -1 chimney full of lit charcoal and added from there. Try some welding blankets over the main compartment and for a real quick fix, just seal the gaps with tinfoil. Them Chargrillers are high maintenance.