Re: What kind of coals do you use?
Japanese Easy lights are my favorite. It combines the best of both worlds. The speed of QL's to light (not really, but a whole lot quicker than Naturals) and no chemical taste like naturals, The only downside is how long they burn. The have a rather short burn cycle, but you can just plop one on top of the dying coal and it will ignite as you smoke.
31" MZ Torias w/ Nammor, Social Smoke, Nakhla