You are 100% correct! I have been playing with the vents since I got the Akron - I love it and so far it has been easy to control the heat through the vents.
I just have this problem with gadgets ... maybe there is some 12 step deal I can get into.
IMHO though - to me the big issue is starting the fire and once that is under way correctly it will be a breeze to control the air flow. I have only been playing with the Akorn a week but from what I have picked up around here it has been the easiest cook to learn I have ever had.