Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by tndawg, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. I'm thinking about trying some sand in the water bowl. I understand the whys and what fors, but am confused on the actual sand.

    do I use regular sand I can get at Home Depot....or do I need some kind of "special" sand???????

    Thanks for your help!!!!!!
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Regular play sand from Home Depot will work just foil over the top to keep it from getting nasty
  3. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Any sand will work, or even rocks.
  4. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Plain old kiddy's play sand...sold in 40lb bags in most home centers will do fine...any yellow/gold colored (washed) sand will work, regardless of grain size.

  5. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I take the depot style sand and spread out what fits in my water bowl on a sheet and put in my gas grill at highest setting for 10 minutes or so.Stir it around....Then use for smoking-who knows,could get mexican swine something .........

    Can be some nasties in sand-i clean my homegrown veggies/herbs etc like a beeotch!!!

    Cleanest/organic dirt can kill you.....storebought sand in the dangerzone....Paranoid i guess...

    Good idea to foil top of pan so you can re-use.......
  6. Thanks!!!

    I will try some sand in the next smoke!
  7. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    True dat! I have lava rock in my ecb's water pan....makes a big difference in how stable the temps are....[​IMG]

  8. mgnorcal

    mgnorcal Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    In addition, those ceramic briquettes work nicely, and in my Perfect Flame, a single stove brick fits in the pan too.

    Washed play sand from building supply stores is what is usually advised.

    But that foil will probably fail eventually, and once your sand is grease/drippings soaked, it will be a pain.
    Use clean rocks, ceramic briquettes, or a stove brick and they will be a lot easier to clean when they get greasy.
  9. gruelurks

    gruelurks Smoking Fanatic

    What does the sand/lava rock/ceramic brick offer over water?
  10. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It takes a much, much higher heat to make sand/lava rock/ceramic brick evaporate; as water evaporates at very low heat.
  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Regular play sand or builders sand is good to use in your smoker. Like everyone here said you can use rocks, sand, lava rocks too.
  12. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What does the sand/lava rock/ceramic brick offer over water? Much more stable and consistent temps.
  13. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Plus you can still do some smoking in really cold weather with sand, while water will not allow you the higher temps you can achieve with sand. You can also reuse the sand as long as you covered it with foil during the first smoke. Just add some water and stir it around to the same consistency you had to start with. In Florida, we can use playbox sand year round with our high humidity. Though I usually spritz more when using sand.
  14. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    just don't use the sand from the kitty box!
    i use bricks in the chip box and water for the drippings.........

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