Re: japanese tabs
I have never had a problem with the Japanese tabs. The Japaneses tabs are my favorite. They burn at just the right temperature, not too hot. They don't make your smoke taste bad. Not only that, but they burn for an hour plus!!!
I never use the quick lighting coals. They burn out quick and make your smoke taste bad.
When buying the Japanese tabs be sure to order them online. The local smoke shops tend to only sell them by the brick and charge waaay too much for them. I was desperate once and bought a box at one of the local smoke shop and they charged me $35. You can buy them for as low as $4 a box online before shipping. But the normal price is around $10.
Do yourself a favor and order online.