I really for the life of me can not figure out why so many folks do not like to use water and have problems using water.
Maybe I am of the few.
Folks say water is messy... but I would rather clean up spilled greasy water than spilled greasy sand, but then of course we should not be spilling it anyway lol.
"My water evaporates"... it's supposed to, believe it or not this is a benefit to using water over sand.
The original poster said that he had temp spikes because the water ran out, well, fill it back up.
Folks have no problem opening the door to mop or add wood so add some water.
It was also mentioned that the temps will increase dramatically when the water runs out, this I have not experienced any significant temp spikes when the water has run dry.
There's also the point made that it uses more fuel, this may be true but nothing to write home about.. in my experience anyway, but to be fair I only run with no water on jerky.
There was a comment that "I get temp spikes with water", this I am having a hard time understanding, water actually does the opposite.
"Preheating water is a hassle"... you don't need to heat it up on a stove, keep your water on top of the smoker in a heat safe container, or use hot tap water!
Here is a post I have on my website.
Reasons I use water in the water pan:
- Directions say to use water
- Water will help keep the food moist by reducing evaporation from the surface of the meat but will not add moisture.
- Water will help even out temps and help maintain an optimal smoking temp.
- Water acts as a heat sink, assisting in heat recovery
- Moisture in the smoker will help in forming a smoke ring, if you're into that kind of thing.
- Ease of cleanup
- Works as a heat deflector and drip pan.
This isn't meant to ruffle any feathers, I am just trying to understand it a bit more.
Now with all that said, we are all here to help each other and I think you should try sand to see if that works better for you. but please post your results.
And to try and better understand this myself, I will be doing some smokes on my GOSM using sand again, because it seems like most folks prefer the sand, who knows maybe I'll convert!