I've been thinking about trying that. You've described pretty much exactly what happens when I run the Bandit using the minion method. I don't mind hotter temps but I don't really like breaking the 300-degree mark.
I'll be trying the 'fuse' method this weekend.
Weber Performer * Cajun Bandit * 18.5 WSM * WSM Mini
Donated the Weber OTG and modded Brinkmann Gourmet