Re: Nature or instant lites coals ?
It also depends on where you plan to smoke. If you will readily have a stove, definitely look into natural coals, because they are top notch.
But as bry said, typically people start with quick lights to get the hang of things, then move onto naturals.
Personally I don't usually have access to a stove (smoke outside or in a dorm room) and therefore I tend to use quick lights. Not the best, but didn't want to invest in a portable single coil burner while constantly worrying about refilling the propane etc.