I recently used this product this weekend to make a ribeye roast and shrimp kebabs. The lighting was easy using my charcoal chimney and fire starter. What I liked the most was that the charcoal burned real smooth. There were your occasional pops and crackles but for the most part there were no embers that popped. In addition, this gave off some serious heat. I loaded the coals to one side of my barrel grill to cook indirect and the temperatures still rose to about 400 degrees. My only gripe is that I did experience a slight aftertaste in my food and not like the aftertaste you get from smoking or using wood (lump). It was very minimal so it did not interfere with my experience of using this brand for the first time too much.