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Quick WSM water question

SmokingUPnorth

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I searched and saw people use sand in the WSM water pan but I don’t have any available right now. Would you guys recommend using water or nothing at all? I know my masterbuilt I never needed a water pan or anything. I was thinking of just wrapping it in foil and leaving it empty
 

smokeymose

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I searched and saw people use sand in the WSM water pan but I don’t have any available right now. Would you guys recommend using water or nothing at all? I know my masterbuilt I never needed a water pan or anything. I was thinking of just wrapping it in foil and leaving it empty
I think it's done to help stabilize the temps a bit to avoid too much temp swing. Water works but you have to keep it filled.
Try it empty and see what happens. I never used it in my MB gasser when I still used it.
 

BrianGSDTexoma

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I tried sand. I currently using a clay saucer that sits on top of the water pan. Wrap in foil and easy cleanup. Think it is a 14".

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noboundaries

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Yep. Run it dry. The water pan is just a heat deflector in my WSM.
 

gmc2003

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I'll run water in my 22" WSM if I'm going for lower temps - around 225* to 230*(which isn't often). Most of the time like others mentioned above foil the bowl and run it dry. Mine like to settle in around 250*.

Chris
 

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