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Master of the Pit
Original poster
Mar 31, 2010
Upstate new york
I want to get a WSM but have a ? about the water pan it seems to me that the bottom grate is right over the water this won't steam the meat will it?. And if i put sand in pan instead of water do u guys spray the meat with apple juice or just let it cook. Thank you for your time.
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Smoking Fanatic
Dec 12, 2009
water- sand,  tried both with mine and if you didnt know which way I used ,I dont think

 you could tell the difference in taste but a nicer bark without it.

  spritzing  is a definate yes!!!!!


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Jun 5, 2009
Portland, OR
No... the water pan doesn't steam the meat at all. I use water in mine and it all comes out great! is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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