i water the first couple of times, then went dry. i cook hot n fast most of the time, so not being able to get the temp above 270 was frustrating. haven't tried sand or a pot base and probably won't.
Take lots of naps now. You'll wish you had later.
Brinkmann Dual function grill, Weber SJS converted to mini WSM, a 18.5" WSM, 18.5" Frankenweber pizza oven & a super-duper fast flame