I've had my Smokin-It, Big Daddy for about a year now and it continues to cook up some great meat dishes, but today I am trying something new. While the Big Daddy is a great smoker, with its 1500 watt element and analog heat controller, it continues to be a chore to maintain a steady temperature +/- 6 degrees and I would like to have a bit more accuracy if possible. Right now I have it set to 225 and it goes up and down from 219 to 231 as the heating element cycles on and off. Finding the exact place to position the dial is a hit and miss proposition every time.
Recently, I have been reading about controlling smoker temperature using a water pan, and I wold like to know more about it. I remember once when I starting using my Masterbuilt smoker, I called support when the temp wouldn't go above 160 degrees or so and they told me I had too much water in the water pan. At the time that information really didn't compute with me, but while trying to solve my temperature accuracy problem with the Big Daddy, I ran across a statement that putting a pan of water inside the smoker will help to keep the temp steady at around 225 degrees. It's a interesting prospect that I would like to more more about, but I have pretty much exhausted my research on the Internet. Are there any experts out there that have dealt with using water to control temperature in an electric smoker?