There seems to be some difference of opinion on what to use as far as lump vs. briquettes. Can you use lump and get a long burn? Or is a mixture better? What about flavor of the meat from igniting the non lump?
My charcoal basket is 16" in diameter and 8.5" tall.[/quote]
My basket is 13" dia. x 12" tall. Never filled to the top though.
I use just lump and smoke wood in all of my cookers. I don't like the smell or the taste produced by the briquettes lighting off. I will use briquettes for grilling or even starting off the smokers, but no meat of mine is near an unlit briquette.