Originally Posted by mrbojangles447
what about one of those ice bowls from ebay
Those are even more worthless. The bowls get hot so that the tobacco can be warmed up to start evaporating the molasses on the tobacco. The ice bowls are pointless because the ice will melt before the tobacco is smoking properly. If you want cooler smoke ice in the base is the best method. This being said I prefer to use cool tap water instead of ice because if you cool down the smoke too much it dulls the flavor from my experience. I think ice chambers are a nice aesthetic to the pipes but its more trouble than its worth in my opinion.