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Smoking question

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by geigs, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. geigs

    geigs Fire Starter

    What is the general thought when it comes to water pans for smoking.

    I have tried it on most everything becasue I was worried about drying food out - but as I've been soping my meats, I don't think that would be an issue

    Just want any ideas...I did a couple searches but many different topics come up

    Thanks for any information!

    ~geigs
     
  2. tnlandsailor

    tnlandsailor Newbie

    I have almost the same question. I am new to smoking and heard that water and water vapor actually interefere with the interaction of the smoke and the meat - which made propane smokers less than optimal. Then, when looking at smokers to buy, I see water-smokers? Obviously something is amiss here. What is the real story regarding steam vs. no steam in smoking? Thanks for any advice.
     
  3. oillogger

    oillogger Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I have used both charcoal and propane smokers and never had a problem getting great smoke flavor and a beautiful smoke ring. There are also some wood smokers out there with a water pan. The water pan helps to mantain proper lower smoking temperatures and help to retain some of the meat moisture. The only issue I had at first with my propane smoker was getting the sucker to start providing smoke. That problem is now licked. I will always start with 2-3 small wood chips as well as 2-3 more chunks of wood of varing sizing. If my propane Big Block smoker has not started smoking when I am ready to add the meat then I will jump start one side of a large chunk of wood on the burner of my gas grill in about 1 minute to be quickly added to the smoke box for instant smoke.