Originally Posted by MrBungle
only difference I found with CH nats VS Coconara is the CH coals ash significantly more and have to be ashed more frequently. With that aside they are excellent coals.
I agree, Coconara doesn't ash hardly at all. There is no smell when lighting. When using them I never bother to knock the ash off because there is never enough ash to bother with. Considering how small they are, they last an extremely long time. But not quite as long as the Exotica.
The Exotica doesn't ash as much as other natural coals but does more so than Coconara. As for the smell and taste of Exotica, I only notice that when they are not fully lit. Once the black is gone and they turn white/gray, they have no taste nor smell and burn for a very long time. And they are square and won't roll off your bowl.