Re: Tastes like coal, what the hell?
It's defiantly getting too hot. Make sure like ghost said to place the coals on the edge to ensure an equal heating and rotate them every 10 mins roughly. Make sure your water level is about 1"-1.5" inches above the stem so you can maximize your smoke. Plus if it gets too hot again just blow into the hose so it clears out of the base and move the coal around and go from there. Practice makes perfect my man.