>>>i feel like a total ass hat.<<<
no need for that, kris! i was pretty sure the answer was yes, but wanted to be certain ~ thanks ~
as for your question about humidity, that's a good one. i would tend to agree with you that there must come a pint when you were steaming rather than smoking. will be interested in seeing the answers from some more experiences folks.
i'm guessing that there must be a good combination of heat and air flow to prevent this - perhaps a lower-reaching chimney or a chimney mounted lower (i've read where people put a new one in coming out the end of the cooking chamber about 2/3 the way down). it could also be (and i am not sure) that by sealing thems up better to retain heat, the water pan is not necessary to act as a heat sink.
not sure about any of this, but will be interested in reading the thoughts of others!