Originally Posted by Sambooka
Just lightly put some tobacco in .. so it is about as high as the rim. Then gently use your fingers to lightly pack it down till it is about 1/8" below the rim.
Get your coals RED HOT! Naturals are the best! .. then let them cool down a little so they ash over a nice consistent gray color.
Put on your bowl, throw a wind cover on and let it just SIT there for 4 minutes without smoking! then try it ... you should notice a big difference!
Below the rim? or below the holes?