Originally Posted by gnuworldorder
is that what you normally use for a small? because i use 2 afires for a small but they are bigger than 2 of johns coals. also my method of packing was get some on a fork, turn it upside down and slide it off the fork. then keep on repeating until it was filled.
My method was very similar, i have the tobacco on the fork, and the back of the fork against the middle as to not spill any down the middle. I then slide the fork across the top to compress it, and make it even with the lip of the bowl, no overpack.
I think that 1 coal would not be enough, but why don't you light 2 coals, use 1 for about 15 minutes to see if it works, if you need more heat add 1 more. This bowl holds heat extremely well, so after about 30 minutes it will be smoking perfectly.