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Water pan -- Use it or not? Why or Why not?

birdman080

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If your smoker is equipped with a water pan, do you put water in it, some other form of mass in it, or just line it with foil?  Why do you do that?

I am new to smoking, so I am still deciding what kind of smoker to get (Propaner, WSM, or AMZN tube smoker to go on my current charcoal and gas grill) and also learning tips / techniques on smoking.
 

BandCollector

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You can start by doing a search regarding water pans and move on from there.  There are a great deal of knowledgeable people here on the sight who can answer very specific questions when you have them.

Welcome to the sight.

John
 
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I've done it two ways, and never noticed any difference.  I've filled the bowl with water, which I found to evaporate after some time, and I've since started leaving it empty.  Just to catch the burnt bisquettes that are pushed out. ( Bradley smoker ). Honestly, I didn't notice a darn bit of difference! leaving no water though did produce less to clean up.... the pucks almost smouldered to ash.
 

b-one

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Everyone will have there ideas I suggest get your smoker and try both ways on different items to learn what you like. If your just starting I suggest the WSM there easy to use and very hands off once you get use to it.
 

birdman080

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You can start by doing a search regarding water pans and move on from there.  There are a great deal of knowledgeable people here on the sight who can answer very specific questions when you have them.

Welcome to the sight.

John
Thank you.  I did that and, just like you said, found a wealth of knowledge and answers.
 

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