Re: Natural Finger Coals
Yes, they burn hotter and most shisha will require less of them than say, QL's or JST's. I start w/ (1) 1.5-2" piece and go from there. Use your windcover - it's easier to controll and boost the heat than trying to heat more coals.
Plus, remember - rotate them coals! I found out I'm moving them around every 5-10 min, not ashing, just moving them.
The Dy brand (same ones I have that you got SamB) burn hot, nearly as hot as the Smiley Cocoshell coals (i've learned the hard way as they both like bouncing OFF MY ARMS).
Try smaller pieces, (2) 1" pieces and the cover. Rotate and manage the heat w/ teh cover like a hawk. They take some time getting used to, but I do love them.