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water pans vs sand

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I know there's varying opinions about water or sand in the water pan. Has anyone ever done both? Fill the water pan with wet sand? You'd get the benefit of heat retention with sand and the moisture of water. Never tried it, but am thinking about it. Any ideas, anyone ever do it?
Edited by Slabslayer - 6/6/14 at 7:33pm
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I used water when I had a smoker that had a water pan.  Don't use a pan now as my unit doesn't really need one. 

 

My opinion is this.....if your smoker can't retain heat without the use of sand then there is something wrong with the seal on the smoker.  That's my 0.02

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I have a WSM 18.5 and don't have a leaky smoker. I just prefer smoking with water. But in NE Ohio, I was thinking about the wet sand for smoking in winter to help hold temp.
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