Just bought a Mini and am seeing slower than expected startup times (20+ min to get to 500).
This is with a full load of RO, freshly vacuumed and totally clean Mini, High Que upgrade, slot in fire box lined up with the draft door, draft door AND top wide open (DFMT totally off). Lighting in 3 places with Rutland firestarter cubes buried in the lump.
I've tried both leaving the dome open for 5+ minutes after lighting the starters as well as closing it soon as I see some larger flames coming up from the starters (probably a minute or two in). Not sure if it makes any real difference one way or the other..
Also not sure if the High Que made any real difference..thought the thing would have been a thermonuclear flamethrower with it, but...nodda.
Is 20+ minutes to 500 normal for a Mini? Reading posts prior to buying, it seemed like the Mini started up much more quickly in general.
Mini BGE, KJ Classic - Black, Cookshack SM025, Weber Gasser (mostly for Kamado storage!)