Re: how to get really smooth smoke.
I would break it up, yes, but only if it is in large clumps as it most of the time is. Use your fingers so you have a little precision when loading a Head. Pack it slightly loose, you can pack it down a tiny bit but not too much, you gotta keep good airflow through the tobacco to enhance flavor and ease of pulls. Pack it slightly below the rim, and put your foil on. What i like to do is give the Bowl a good shake, then blow through the bottom to open up all possible airways (after i poke holes of course). Then place your bowl on and practice some Heat Management!