Does anyone put a water pan in there Lang? Or close the grease valve fill the griddle/plate with water and use it as a water pan?
I've been reading a lot about humidity in the chamber and I want to try and add some. I haven't had an issue with pork butts but I feel like my ribs get a little crispy, same with brisket.
Also on the bottom grate the back 1/4 closest to the fire box is a hot spot that I've notice and I'm trying to fix that. It runs at about 280 when the rest is around 225-230. I started building fires towards the front of the fire box(door side) and that helps but there's still a hotspot there. I figured a water pan could fix that.
So here are my thoughts on placement of water
1. Fill the griddle/plate
Pro: Lots of water storage, will not sacrifice grill space, should even out temps a bit, even humidity in chamber. Will actually boil
Con: Worried about meat being too close to stem and improper bark forming, also seems like the side towards the firebox would run dry first which is the hottest spot.
2. Place a water pan behind fire in fire box
Pro: No grill space lost, seems efficient for drawing moisture into the chamber, no worry about steaming the meat, will actually boil
Cons: Hard to re-fill and will probably dry out quickly.
3. In the chamber under the place right where the fire box makes connection with the smoking chamber.
Pro: No grill space lost, would probably regulate the hot spot nicely, no worry about steaming the meat, might not boil
Con: Probably impossible to re-fill once the fire is going.
4. Two Pyrex two cup measuring cups that hang off the griddle/plate in the chamber and dip into the baffle.
Pro's: easy to measure water consumption and overall humidity even humidity in the chamber, easy to refill, wont' steam meat
Cons: Might not boil, have to open the lid to re-fill.
5. Water pan on the grill over the hot spot
Pros: lessens the hot spot, will boil, puts out humidity.
Con: Gives up grill space, humidity will be concentrated on the outside probably most will go out the chimney.
Probably a lot of trial and error to find the right solution.
What if anything does anyone else do?