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ggee6688 06-05-2014 11:33 AM

Question for Water Smoker Owners
Do you use water in your water smoker when cooking?

Smokeoholic 06-05-2014 11:44 AM

At times, if i want to keep temps down.

jlane 06-05-2014 12:14 PM

Yes, I love the way my ribs come out of the Backwoods with the water pan. Just can't be beat.

tubby384 06-05-2014 12:20 PM

I have a WSM and a PM Vault. Never had a need for water, the insulated cooks moist.

Big Ace 06-05-2014 12:56 PM

I do in my BWS G2 Party, but never did in my WSM.

bacchus99 06-05-2014 01:17 PM

Depends on what i'm cooking and how I plan on cooking yes and no.

BBQ_MAFIA 06-05-2014 01:28 PM

I have a Large Spicewine that was designed to cook with water.
As the manufacturer recommends that water be used when cooking, I follow the direction to get the best results and avoid all issues with flare ups if the pit were to get too hot.

Fwismoker 06-05-2014 01:34 PM

I think it depends on the cooker. If you're talking a cabinet smoker and need to even out temps between the racks it could benefit....but it doesn't add moisture to the meat.

If you are talking a vertical smoker like a WSM or UDS There isn't any need. IMO WSM were designed for the novice in mind so they can easily maintain temps but with more experience you can do with out water. Going with out in a WSM will increase fuel efficiency, and let you get hotter temps. In a UDS without water in the way you just get more flavor because your drippings can flash on the hot coals.

So it just depends on your cooker imo.

qman 06-05-2014 01:42 PM

For me, most of the time, in an insulated cabinet smoker. I float a second pan on top of the water. This mostly to avoid a greasy water mess to dispose of.

ggee6688 06-05-2014 03:53 PM

Good idea on an oil/juice pan float.

RevZiLLa 06-05-2014 08:42 PM


IamMadMan 06-05-2014 09:15 PM

I use water in the water pan of my Humphrey's religiously.... I figured the engineer added the water pan for a reason, why fix what isn't broken....

Great heat control with a perfect cook every time and absolutely no condensation or water forming inside the cooker. I insert an empty rack and use a disposable foil pan to catch all the grease and drippings, makes a quick and easy clean-up.

pjtexas1 06-05-2014 09:50 PM

I run my insulated cabinet without water. I get better fuel economy that way. I line the water pan with foil to make cleanup easier. I cook mostly above 300. My temps are rock solid. Other than the top rack temps are very even.

stephan 06-05-2014 10:01 PM

Yes at times, but not always.

darkoozy 06-05-2014 10:38 PM

Always use water in my wsm and insulated cabinet smoker

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