minion all the way. I have the larger model but for long smokes fill the charcoal ring almost all the way with a couple chunks of wood buried in it and then get a chimney starter about 1/3 full, 1/2 if it's really cold. Don't add to many lit coals to the pile or the temp will take off. It will cook for a long time. I've done about 16 hours on my 22.5" and the coals were just about gone but it made it with the minion method.