Hey guys, just found this site and theirs alot of great tips I've read so far. Thanks! Anyway, I'm a fairly new backyard smoker. This weekend I am planning on smoking a pork butt and 2 slaps of St. Louis short ribs. I plan to use about half charcoal and half hickory/apple. One question I have always wondered about is the addition of a water pan. What is everyones opinion with them? Also, any other tips would be appreciated. Thanks! Smoke on..