Re: Harshness Issues
I use 3 cocos on a small phunnel. How old is your tobacco? You might try to pack your tobacco a little tighter. I generally pack my phunnel tight and as long as I manage the heat well, it doesn't get harsh. And...if it does get harsh for a second, I remove the wind cover, ash the coals, move them to a new spot on the foil, and purge.
Are you using a Tangiers phunnel?