I always get the fire going with lid off. Don't know that is makes a difference re: creosote; But oxegen is fuel, and the more fuel the quicker it will be ready for cooking I guess...
Bo Compton in Mesa, AZ, KCBS CBJ
Weber Ranch Kettle, BDS Mega, OTS x 2, Weber Platinum
18.5 WSM w/Stacker from ProQ, 22.5 WSM, Reverse Flow Lang Clone 80 butt capacity mounted on 25 foot trailer with attached awnings
LFSA RED Thermapen,
And 1 2010 Victor brand Hot Dog Cart