quick update.. we've smoked a couple more bowls with these coals, and they seem to be getting better. i tried a stick from the bottom, and one from the middle. they ash is still a little off color, but they're not crackin/crumbling anymore.. i turned the heat down a touch on the stove, and kept a closer watch on em. i'm not sure if i'm 100% sold on em though.. they're kind of a pain to break down into managable pieces.. i ended up breaking up a good portion of the sticks and puttin em in a tupperware dish so i dont have to make a mess everytime i wanna smoke.
dont the coconara come in managable pieces right out of the boxes? that would be worth spending a little bit more on..