Re: coal and bowl question
With the SB, use 3, just have them on the outside.SB can take a lot of heat in my experience. Plus the more heat, the more smoke. With the AF i use 2 and a windcover. I tried AF with 3 coals, and it got harsh really fast.
(*Disclaimer* These are my opinions and mine alone. It does not reflect the opinions of others and is based on my personal smoking enjoyment and experience)