Originally Posted by dfess1
you are just relying on the coals from the chimney? those should be used to get more charcoal going. Having that gap open should give it more air, but you need to have it vent out the top to get a good draft flowing.
I get the coals going, about 15 minutes in the chimney and then dump them into the charcoal section of the grill. Lock things down a bit. Vents at the bottom front are open and the chimney stack on top is open. I shut the lid and let the grates heat up, and I would expect greater then 250-350' heat but it just doesn't seem to get going. The gap in the back is uncontrollable in that it is about a 1/2in. gap near the ash tray catch.