I've been grilling every weekend and atleast once during the week on my Kamado. Man I love this thing! Brought back excitement to grillin' again. So far I've done ribs, chicken, brisket, salmon, filet mignons, pizza and even corned beef! I am really figuring this thing out!
You guys have presented some great lighting ideas, thanks for that - but I can highly recommend the Looft Lighter! Man this thing is awsome. I create my pile of lump, aim this thing into one side of it for 35 seconds and then aim it into the other side for less than that... and there is an awsome fire started in 1 minute! Close the lid open up the vents and I am ready to cook within 15 minutes. This grill and now lighter has made charcoal/wood grilling as convenient as gas. I know its a little pricey but ask for the lighter for your Birthday or some occaision.
Another thing I noticed is this grill gives you time back with your company or family as it doesn't need so much tending to.
Take care all!
To answer Jarett - I do have the metal piece that holds up the electric burner, it's just that when you have a lot of lump on top of it, especially big chunks when you start to pull the burner out it drags coal with it. But that is now a thing of the past! I have taken that metal piece off of the coal grate for now, I think it may help with air flow not having it there.