for the holes i do a single circle around the outside edge then i do a * shape in the middle
Red circles are the coals
i tried to pack the bowl loosely like sambooka does in his vids. just sprinkle it in and dont let it mound over the brim of the bowl, of course leaving the hole in the middle open.
Heres a reference picture for the size of my bowl. it doesnt seem as large as you all make it out to be.
The base water was luke warm
the stem was 1" deep into the water