I had an original Hurricane and loved it. But, I bent the inner cylinder by accident. #%*!

I bought one of these and was generally impressed with the tooling but I’m having a wicking issue that I didn’t have with my original. I wick this one the same as I did my original but after about a day, I’m starting to get some Burt taste. The cotton really doesn’t look burned though. I usually cut the cotton so that it hangs down to the deck and the inner cylinder notches are lined up with the cotton. This always worked on my original. I’m running a .5 single coil at about 20 watts. Any ideas why this won’t wick correctly?