I got my BGE (Medium) as a birthday present. My first cook was good, but not without difficulty.
Smoking a pork shoulder, I filled the bottom section (fire ring?) nearly to its top. We burned at 275F for 4 hours, when the temperature began to drop quickly - the fuel was spent.
Am I supposed to fill this higher? Perhaps fuel to the top of the top 'ring'?
Also, the fuel I used was BGE coal/wood. Should I get some coal brickette's instead?