I just purchased a WSM 18.5. I did my first cook on Saturday an the first couple hours was horrible. I couldn't get the smoker pass 200 degrees and I had all the vents open! I did some research and some ppl said to add more lump charcoal, so that's what I did. once I did that and assembled the WSM back together the charcoal got in the way of the water pan and needless to say I lost the water pan at this point. with in 15 mins my smoker was up to temp (with no water pan) between 235 and 250. I don't know what I did right and I don't know what I did wrong. Once I reached the temp I was looking for the cook went smoothly. I lit the smoker using the minion method.
is it just me or is the water pan to deep?
can someone explain to me what I did wrong?