UDS and Water Pan?
Okay, I am seriously considering building a UDS instead of buying an BGE for $1000.
The question that occurs to me though is that the plans for building a UDS do not call for a water pan, such as the WSM has.
Do you not need a water pan for a) temperature stability or b) humidity in desert climates to keep the food from drying out?
Also, when using a UDS I see comments that users just tossed a couple chunks on hickory on the fire basket for smoke. Are these chunks dry or soaking wet? Don't they catch fire?
Would an alternate design be to put the wood in a seperate pan above the fire basket but below the food?