I have a 48" Lang Patio and I am having trouble with a big swing in temps between the fire box side and the opposite side. Often times the firebox side is 40-60 degrees higher than the opposite side. It's fine if I am cooking something small (just put it at the opposite end), but when I fill the smoker it is very hard to tackle this challenge. I have heard that a water pan helps this issue, but I don't know if I want to introduce any moisture in my cooks right from the start. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!
Temp Differential in a 48" Lang Patio
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Keep the nose pointed up a little bit to let the heat rise more easily, and keep the fire in the firebox as close to the door as you can, and keep your fire small. You aren't likely to have perfectly even temps across the grate, but that's how you can keep it as close as possible.