I am using the Smokey Joe Silver, with a 16 guage expanded metal grate over the stock charcoal grate to help catch smaller pieces of lump. I have an oversized tuna can with 16 x 3/8" holes drilled around the top of it to keep the coals from clogging the vents.
I've rotated the exhaust vent before and it didn't seem to make the fire move from one side to the other. I'd think ideally the exhaust would be in the center of the top like in the big green egg or some UDS i've seen.
"Antonio" Bandera, Mini WSM, 18.5" WSM, Hasty-Bake Suburban, GMG Davy Crockett, OTG 22.5"