I've tried kingsford, because no one actually said what would happen if I didn't use lump. In the small BGE, it didn't get that hot, maybe 300, 350 max when it was all glowing.
The small doesn't seem to get as hot as its big brothers anyway. …
I got the small, being a single parent. Since I don't have a need to cook big turkeys, I am not too handicaped. It is hard to cook 2 courses at once. [p]I don't believe the small lid opens as much as the larger sizes.