I can’t for the life of me figure this out. My father in law has this cold war era looking kiln of a grill. I’ve tried several times to use it and I can’t get the thing started. When he comes over to help it takes him less than a minute to do literally what I did and after letting it set for half the time as me it’s ready to go.
I open the top and bottom vents, clear out the center of the grill to allow air flow. Place the starters (two) in the middle and lightly fill it with some fresh charcoal. I let it sit for 10-15 minutes to heat up. The temp gets to about 200 C and then it dies. What secret am I not aware of?