Greetings all, I have been running my smoker consistently with a very large water pan filled with water to serve as my drip pan as well as my water pan. I have noticed that it takes some time for the pit to come up to temp and uses much more fuel than when there is not a water pan. I have also noticed that with long over night smokes, if the water evaporates, the temp in the pit goes much higher than I would like. My smoke shot up to 289 during my last brisket when the water pan evaporated. I was thinking of ditching the water pan (since it is always humid in south Texas) and maybe adding some ceramic tiles to something similar to try to get better temp consistency. Can you share your experiences with this technique?