I more often than not just fill the void of the grate in low position up to the upper outer ring and hit the propane ignition and let ‘er eat. I also stir the coals to knock off ash, pile them where ignition assist is and just relight. Can do that a couple times before refilling entirely.About how much charcoal do you put in the bottom when you're running like this? Half a full size chimney or so?
On temp control, I have to have both lower and upper vents choked off, sometimes almost entirely (maybe 1/8 open?). Otherwise temps jump and she churns out some heat!
I would never run any vents wide open. I don’t on my kettles either