Everything you post always makes sense, Bear. But as I've posted elsewhere around here, this whole thing about the water pan aiding in heat distribution calls for an experiment on my part. The next time I smoke ribs I'm leaving the water pan out. I'll write down what my set point is and also record the temps on the two racks throughout the smoke. I already know how the MES 30 works with the water pan and the temps to expect. I'll compare those figures with what I find out during the experiment and post the results in my Water Pan thread.
Sounds like a Great test & should be interesting results!!
Gracias, Mi Amigo!!