Thanks for the great tips Dave. I have been practicing the fill technique and I think I got it down pretty good. Yesterday, I was able to fill the bowl, light it and keep it going without relighting. I even dumped the ash and was able to keep it going!
I was a tad confused about the ash. Cigar ash turns white as your burning. I noticed that the center of my bowl is white but the edges are black.................Still seems like they burnt though? They fell out easily with the ash.
I really think I am getting the hang of this finally and I can't wait to try some better tobaccos.
Appreciate all the encouragement and great tips from everyone!