I fill my basket right to the top. Whatever is left over, usually quite a lot, can be reused next cook, I just make sure all the ashes have dropped through the bottom, ten redistribute the wood chunks and fill back to the top again with a little more wood mixed in.
Are you cooking anything like a fatty to season it? You want to get a coat of grease on there right away.
Oh, and a nice looking build.
Jim - Another transplanted Texan
Former KCBS CBJ
Large and Medium Big Green Eggs , Black 18.5" WSM, Blue Weber Performer - Stainless, Green Weber OTG Kettle , Brinkmann SnP Pro, and a Stainless UDS. One retired Portable Kitchen grill.
Red Thermapen, Maverick ET-732, EdgePro Apex Sharpener.
Avatar is the original 1951 Weber Kettle