Re: Getting the best flavor?
I don't find any difference in flavor with or without ice in the base...
jDizzy, I never pack my bowls loosely and sprinkled in.. Regardless of what tobacco or bowl I'm using, I sprinkle in layers and pack each layer down with my finger until it's a solid layer just under the rim. The vast majority of people pack their bowls by sprinkling in tobacco, but I honestly don't see the advantages of doing it that way..
That said, you should probably invest in a vortex or phunnel bowl. The holes at the bottom of Egyptian bowls allow the juice to seep out of the bowl, which eventually means sacrificed flavor.
Maybe try different methods of packing or use a different bowl/different configuration of coals.
Hope this helps.
I don't own anything cos you guys bought everything!