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Just wanted to offer a general "thanks"...


Fire Starter
Joined Sep 12, 2016
...to all those here who have at various times in various threads posted the water-pan-full-of-play-sand tip for stabilizing smoker temperature. The wild, seemingly uncontrollable temp swings I struggled with the first few times I used my SV24 really tested my patience, and were taking a lot of the fun out of the activity. But after reading about using clean play sand as a thermal buffer (which I'm embarrased to say never occurred to me) I picked up a bag at Home Depot a couple of weeks ago, filled the water pan with sand and...it's been working great. I still get some fluctuations, of course. But once I get the temperature dialed in it stays pretty much within a 10 degree window, so long as the wind is fairly quiet.

So, thanks again for a simple tip that's made smoking stuff much more enjoyable.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Aug 19, 2007
Hey D! Welcome to SMF! A 10 degree swing is awesome, ups and downs are all part of the game. Looking forward to some pics of a cook!

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