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Old January 28th, 2008, 08:19 PM
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Hello,

Are the hookahs that hold the water and ice on the top better smoking hookas than the ones that do not have one? I see a lot of people say to just add ice in the bottom of a normal one and you will be ok. Thanks for the help.

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Old January 28th, 2008, 08:39 PM
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The point of the ice in the top is to either prevent the smoke from getting hot or cool it down. Ice in the bucket has the same effect, as well as additional diffusing effects.

In my experience, the more ice = more smoke
and less ice = more flavor

It's all preference..
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Old January 28th, 2008, 08:46 PM
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Default Re: Cool hookah

it all depends, there's a lot of variables that come into play.
im my opinion, i think the ice chamber doesn't do anything but cool the smoke.
it does taste a little bit cooler, but you can make it cooler by ice in the base.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 08:47 PM
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I am seriously considering a ice chamber hookah too,

Will an icechamber affect flavor?
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Old January 28th, 2008, 08:50 PM
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Default Re: Cool hookah

maybe a litt
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I am seriously considering a ice chamber hookah too,

Will an icechamber affect flavor?
maybe a little, but not much.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 08:57 PM
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It cools the stem for sure. As for the smoke... yes, but only the smoke that sits in the stem after you take a puff. When you take a draw, the smoke you don't inhale that is produced sits in the base, the hose, and the stem and cools. So if the stem is cold, the stagnant smoke will be cooled naturally.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 09:26 PM
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The main purpose and effect of ice on hookah smoke is condensing more of the vapor your creating into thick clouds of smoke. Since you never burn the plant matter in the bowl you never create smoke as we know it, what you are doing is vaporizing the liquid in the tobacco and the juices people add (ie molasses, glycerin, flavoring, etc.). Most of the smoke you see is actually vaporized glycerin by the way
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Old January 28th, 2008, 09:40 PM
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I just bought a KM on the rocks second hand and I've noticed little effects on flavor and its only with certain flavors. As far as cooling to smoke it does about the same as ice in the vase so when you do both its a little bit more of an effect. Its more of a "thickening" effect though. If I would have bought mine new, I would've saved myself a few bucks and got one without the ice chamber.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 10:28 PM
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I would honestly buy the ice chamber because it looks good.

It does not do much, I'm afraid, because the smoke rushes through the stem at too fast of a rate to actually exchange heat with the metal.

What is stated in my earlier post still plays in though.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 10:44 PM
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I also think the ice chamber hookah's look nice. I was thinking of getting aKhalil Mamoun On the Rocks or Parad-Ice so this is why I asked the question.

On a non ice chamber style hookah does the stem get hot at the bottom by the glass?

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Old January 28th, 2008, 11:19 PM
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Not at all.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 11:20 PM
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Thank you for the fast reply.

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Old January 28th, 2008, 11:31 PM
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A well designed and built ice chamber will condense the smoke making both cooler and giving more texture. If you can get a good one you'll notice a nice change for the better. Some ice chambers are not so good because they are unable to chill much of the stem and as a result don't do much. Others are poorly made and rust out quickly. After market ice chambers are crap. My KM and Furat ice chambers are excellent.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 11:39 PM
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In reality, all the ice chamber hookahs do, is cool the smoke better. But if you don't have an ice chamber, you can easily create the same effect by putting lots of crushed ice in the base and/or chilling the hookah in the fridge before-hand. It won't add or subtract flavor and it won't add or subtract smoke, regardless of wether you smoke with or without an ice chamber.

I usually prefer just smoking with chilled water. I used to always put ice, but got tired of setting up that way. My sessions didn't get any worse or better once I stopped using ice. The smoke was a bit warmer, but nothing drastic or unbearable. Flavor and smoke thickness stayed the same...
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Old January 28th, 2008, 11:57 PM
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yeah, i hven;t noticed much difference in smoke using ice in the base...but i do it anyway.
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