I bought a Char-broil grill (a big box) with a rectangular grill space of about 2 feet (across) by 1 1/2 feet deep. The coals are about 6-8 inches below the grill in this box. with about 4 inches of air below them. I use lump hardwood charcoal, and two chimney starters. I can't get the temperature above low-medium for anything. I thought two chimney starters-worth would do the trick, but grilling burgers (1/2" thick from Costco) takes about 15 minutes on one side and 10 or so on the other. I tried some pork loin and gave up after 35 or so minutes (on one side, no less)!
What am I doing wrong? I grill only on the right side, left lower vent is 1/2-way open, upper left vent (in the lid) is closed. Upper right vent is 1/2 way open, and lower right vent is closed.
Thinking I was heating too much space, I bought fire/chimney brick, placed it on the coalbed in the middle, put the coals on the right side, and that's when I had the burgers on the grill for 25 minutes.
Whaddya think? Should I just chuck this fine grill and buy something smaller, like the weber?