Re: Harsh/burnt taste
1) Two sheets of regular foil or one sheet of heavy duty reynolds.
2) Poke small holes, using a thumb tack.
3) Place your coals half on and half off the bowl.
4) When you start getting a harsh taste, take one off or move them around.
You just need to learn some maintenance about coal. Once you figure it out though, it becomes a lot easier to maintain. Good luck!