Re: packing the perfect bowl?
I might be able to give some advice...
When you put the coals on your bowl, make sure you don't hear any sizzling noises. If you do, then move the coals outward more towards the edge of the bowl. This will keep the tobacco baked and not burned. After I started to do this, I got really good smoke that didn't go harsh b/c the tobacco was baking and not burning at all.