Since i completed my test smoke on my GOSM last weekend. i have a couple of thoughts about temperature control i need to run by y'all. i dont want to get into the debate over water pans and humidity. My thoughts relate more a long the lines of the water pan and how it functions in temp control process. Using the water pan my temps were rock steady 220 over a 10 hour burn the only spikes occured when i tended the fire. I think this is a good thing. I could lower my temps by adjusting the draft closed however i could never exceed 220 even with the draft dampers wide open. All my old navy training tells me this is normal. I would have to introduce mega BTU's to superheat the water. I dont think any form of charcoal is able to produce that raw heat. The only alternative to increase heat would be to operate without water in the pan or using sand in the pan as a heat sink. This would shift temp control to my draft dampers. I think this would require more closely watching of damper settings to control temperature during a smoke. If i have the above scenario correct my question is, is there ever any need to smoke at great temperatures than 220?