Re: bad coals?
I like the CH coals and yes they do have a smell when lighting up. I've switched to Coco's ONLY because they last longer and don't make as much ash. I can live with the smells of the CH's but I couldn't live with the ash. It would almost fill up my ash tray every time. As for the cracking, yes I got a little and it burned me a few times but it wasn't nothing to complain about in my opinion.
LONG LIVE HOOKAHPRO!!!