My lovely lady just purchased a 22.5" WSM for me. New 2014 model with the grommet for the temp probes and all. Broke her in this weekend and getting ready to smoke some ribs this coming weekend. I purchased the expandable hanging rack for the WSM and was thinking of smoking 6 racks. I see most people that hang their ribs do not use a water pan and allow the drippings to hit the coals for added flavor. That sounds great and I would love to taste the difference. My questions are... with 6 racks, do I risk temp spikes with all the drippings dripping. lol. Would hate to have the bottom halves of the racks dried out. I haven't done a test fit to see if I could use the water pan with the hanging rib racks... but if I could, would you recommend using the water pan? or does that defeat the purpose? My main reason for hanging them will be to allow even cook all around the ribs. This is my first hanging rib smoke and was hoping to get as much info as needed. I thank you all in advance for your thoughts and opinions on this. I would love to hear what you prefer when you hang ribs. Thanks!