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Sand or Water?

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
Ok? i was watching this clip on youtube, insted of using water they used sand in the water pan?
any thoughs on this?
post #2 of 30
Defeats the purpose doesnt it????
post #3 of 30
In my personal opinion, sand is ideal and i use it. I use sterile play sand and cover it with clean foil. I haven't used liquids in my water bowl for years. Most of what I smoke is brined or marinated or is fatty and doesn't need the moisture. The sand makes a great heat sink as well. All in all, it's a personal choice. Try both and you'll pick one over the other.
post #4 of 30
There has always been a disagreement on this subject as to whether water in the pan is really necessary and will sand do. Water or sand will accomplish creating a heat sink but I personally like to put apple juice, or some kind of flavored liquid in my water pan. I do think it adds to the flavor of the meat and I know it creates a moist smoking environment. I put lava rock in the pan when I'm doing jerky because your drying it out. Try it different ways and see which way you like it.
post #5 of 30
I'm basically with Racy on this one, although I have used both methods. What I asked myself was "do I want to smoke the meat or steam it?" water pan = steam. I'd rather go with lava rock or sand, and spritz or mop if I feel I need the extra moisture.

Experiment with both, and you'll find out what's right for you.

Good luck and good smokingPDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #6 of 30
What about both? Fill your pan with lava rocks and then add water...I thought about trying this.
post #7 of 30
For me I use water or other liquids in my water pan for the heat sink and the moisture during the smoke.
post #8 of 30
What purpose is that? icon_question.gif

I use both. If ambient temps are low, sand will allow you a higher and more consistent temp in your smoker. Find moist playbox sand and do as Racey states. You can easily reuse the sand by just adding some water and stirring to the same consistency.
In Florida, if our humidity is high, we really do not need to use water, but still there are some meats I like water in the pan.
post #9 of 30
I use a clay plower pot saucer thing in my WSM.........same idea as the sand, but without having to F with the sand.

post #10 of 30
Thread Starter 
Thankz for the info... going to try the sand tomorrow. Its suppose to snow tomorrow, how will that effect my temp? oh by the way? I love this forum! ALOT OF GREAT INFO FROM EVERYBODY! Thank you..
post #11 of 30
The cold will burn through more fuel but it's the wind that will steal the heat from your cooker.
post #12 of 30
Thread Starter 
ok? so is there a workaround for this problem?
post #13 of 30
Pretty easy; just get the cooker out of the wind. I built a wind break for my WSM.
post #14 of 30
I do the same. Wrap that baby in foil and clean up is a breeze.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #15 of 30
Thread Starter 
Hmm? Cool!! LOL my wife is going to hate me LOL
post #16 of 30
Thread Starter 
LOL part i dont like is the clean up...
post #17 of 30
Well the sand will help your temps, that's for sure. Abelman out in Colorado said the sand really helped him thru out their winter months after he started trying it. I know in snow and wind that anything that helps with creating higher temps is welcomed.
post #18 of 30
Thread Starter 
Ok? Is there something i can wrap my ECB in, like a blanket?
post #19 of 30
You'll be ok if it's just cold. If it gets windy just move the smoker so as to block the wind. Or use anything you have that will act as a wind break.
post #20 of 30
The problem with wind that I have experienced is that the gusts will get in and force the hot air out of the smoker. As the smoker starts to build back up, the next gust draws hot air hot and on and on. One really needs a wind break to solve that problem in my personal opinion.

Now if it is just real cold out, you can wrap your smoker with an insulated blanket, a water heater jacket, etc., to help offset the loss of heat.

I'm so glad I live in Florida. PDT_Armataz_01_28.gif
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