Originally Posted by ZenSilk
I pack it in pretty tight, but that's only so I can smoke the whole bowl for about 2 hours or more. I ALWAYS poke holes all the way down to the bottom of the bowl, and always use only 2 coals.
Pretty much the same for me except if I'm using a real small bowl, I'll only use 1 coal cut in half with a foil windcover. If I'm using a phunnel I'll start with 3 coals and drop 1 when things get going nice.