I hope you don't mind a tip in this thread. When I'm burning coals down in the evening(raked forward full air) I'll sometimes put 2 or 3 cups full of pellets onto the coals...leave the air full on and bypass closed..seems to bring the cat up to temp before the actual load. This will heat my stove up fast if it's cooling to much and it seems to make the coals burn down faster. Also if you want throw another cup in just before you load to help the load take off. It will take some experimenting but that always intriguing and fun right! I go through maybe 2- 40 lb bags a season. Burn on brothers!