Water pan with side box smoker?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by dexter, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. dexter

    dexter Smoke Blower

    Should I use a water pan with my char griller side box smoker? If so what size does the pan have to be and how much water. I am using the minion method. Thanks.
  2. smokin' dick

    smokin' dick Smoking Fanatic

    I have a Silver Smoker which is a small off-set like yours. I use a loaf pan as a water pan at the fire box end. Mostly cuz its too hot to cook there and helps even out the temps across the chamber. Fill the pan with water at the start and add as needed during the cook. Works for me.
  3. richp692

    richp692 Smoke Blower

    I do the same thing in my royal oak offset. It works great. I use a cheap foil loaf pan and it looks like is will last a long time.
  4. I use two 9x13 cake pans as drip pans so I just fill them about half full of water. i think it helps to stabilize the temps.
  5. olewarthog

    olewarthog Meat Mopper

    A lot of people use water pans with a CG & have great results. I don't use a water pan. Instead, on my CG, I put the cooking grates from the SFB inside the MC, flip the ash tray & set it on top of the grates. The ash tray works as a baffle to help cut down the hot spot & even out the temps across the MC.

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