Re: Noob advice
1. You can get any brand to deliver thick clouds of smoke. The trick is to manage your heat properly to do so. Depending on the brand, being able to make thick clouds will have a time window before it possibly scorches. You will have to develop the technique over time.
Some brands you will need to slow down and not take so many puffs in a given amount of time to keep the thick clouds up.... other wise its toast in a few minutes.
If your smoke is coming through thin and harsh..... its because you need a tad more coal, dont be afraid to bust those quicklights into halves or even quarters to dial in the right amount of heat.