Re: Is there a trick . . .
I was thinking a funnel or a vortex would help but I believe I can get it with my standard. I have been using a single 40mm coal on what I figure to be about 85 mm diameter bowl. the holes may be a bit big so I brought home one of those dissecting pins they are a little thinner than a thumb tack. So maybe that will help. Or I may use a sewing needle now that I found them. but this one can be attached to the same ring that metal stirring stick that came with the tongs is on.
My theories based on this is holes too large, cut coals in half and use on opposite sides of the bowl, pack a little tighter maybe if all else is failing, stop smoking when it starts to suck. We went through about half of one movie and all of another on margarita not sure what we did differently but it worked out great. Still a little more tobacco flavor than I like (Nakhla not so much I like the tobacco flavor of Nakhla but this is not my kind of tobacco).