Re: what is your opinion of the coals?
I'm using some cheap Japanese quicklites right now. As long as you get them super-hot and going, they're ok. Any silver crap around them should be removed. They don't burn very long - I typically use 3 for 45 min and could go longer, but am too lazy to start more coals. I've been desperately wanting to try the coco nara. Most of the forum seems to think they're great.
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