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Wkh 06-12-2013 05:14 PM

Tuning plates and water pans
 
Has anyone tried tuning plates in their pits with a water pan above them? If so I would like to know the results. I have been thinking about trying it.

ButtBurner 06-12-2013 05:24 PM

I have both

works well for me

not really sure the water pan does much

but I think its pretty in there and it makes me feel good.

Wkh 06-12-2013 10:22 PM

I just thought that steam from the water pan would keep meat moist and catch drippings.

Wkh 06-12-2013 10:24 PM

I'm looking to build pit out of a 250 gallon propane tank. Trying to figure out best way to get even heat.

martyleach 06-12-2013 10:25 PM

So, what are you cooking on??

Wkh 06-12-2013 10:32 PM

A wood burner indirect heat is what I'm shooting for

Wkh 06-12-2013 10:35 PM

My cuz tried a reverse flow idea in his and he got very uneven heat 80 degree difference from end to end trying to avoid the same problem

oldbill 06-12-2013 11:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wkh (Post 2513992)
I'm looking to build pit out of a 250 gallon propane tank. Trying to figure out best way to get even heat.

I know that there are a lot of very happy Lang and Meadow Creek owners out there but I would prefer tuning plates to the reverse flow setup because I like the idea of being able to set my pit up to have a cooler spot or a hotter spot wherever I want while at the same time being able to even the temp. out across the cooking chamber. It's really about versatility and options for me.

ButtBurner 06-13-2013 06:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wkh (Post 2513987)
I just thought that steam from the water pan would keep meat moist and catch drippings.

I dont put the water pan under the meat. I dont like the messy greasy water cleanup that causes.

I just put the water pan (if I use one) on the cooking grate directly above the baffle.

Other than helping to temper the temp swings some, I dont see that it does anything to the meat.

As far as catching the drippings, I have an empty foil pan under the meat with foil on it, I just remove the foil for easy cleanup after the cook, and this doesnt get the smoker messy.

If I want the drippings, I will just get them from the foiled pan

just the way I do it

DownHomeQue 06-13-2013 08:07 AM

Tuning plates + no water pan for the win! :clap:


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