Re: Exoticas - Not getting hot enough?
Honestly I have never had any trouble exoticas and i've gone through something like a case of them. Occasionally they crack but that is not an issue so much as just a little more work with heat management. Losing heat after just 20 minutes most likely means that the coals were never fully lit. When heating them on the coil wait a good 2-3 minutes per side before flipping them and be sure to heat three sides before using or four if you still have trouble. Like any other coal be sure to rotate around the bowl every 2-5 minutes depending upon what you smoke and very gently tamp/scape to get off the ash off every 5-10 minutes depending upon wind and how much heat you want.