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Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by morgy1, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. should i use a water pan with a smoker with a side firebox. or is a dry smoke better for lets say,brisket
  2. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Controversial question and you are going to hear answers both ways. Personally I generally use a water pan with just water in it. I feel the water pan provides no flavor with additives so I put the additives into the spritz which does actually touch the smoked product. Just my humble opinion.....
  3. thanks 4 your help MossyMo
  4. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Water pans are there for two reasons: First, it helps regulate heat in the smoker by virtue of the evaporation process removing heat from the airflow.
    Second, while it does not "moisten" the meat, the water vapor/steam it produces keeps some of the moisture from evaporating from the meat by keeping a close to saturated atmosphere in the smoker.

    If you have trouble maintaining high enough temps, don't use a water pan, but DO mop more often after the rub has set on the meat.

    If you can crank 250 ish with a pan...use it.

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