I just bought a new “Party” this past December and I am still learning it – I enjoy cooking on it very much. I have been cooking on a Tucker Cooker for several years and wanted something smaller for smaller cooks. It was a pain to set up the Tucker for a couple of Ribs.
I have cooked with both water and with sand so far and the smoke flavor is a bit more “richer” than when I cook on my Tucker. I also set the fire box up the same and when I used water the smoke flavor stood out more to me. Those in my family say they can’t tell any difference. I have only cooked about 7 times with it so I am still learning it.
I also recommend you order yours with the heat diverter.