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View Poll Results: Do you cooking with water in your smoker?
Yes 85 62.50%
No 39 28.68%
No, I fill it with another substance 12 8.82%
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:00 AM   #16
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Join Date: 07-20-13
Location: Waynesville, NC

Always use water. Have owned nothing but water smokers last 14 years.
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:09 PM   #17
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Join Date: 10-09-07
Location: carthage,mo.

On every BarrelSmoker that leaves here there is a water pan which is mainly recomended to fill with concentrated fruit juice for the first third of the cook then switch to straight water unless adding fresh product then use juice again, same way. It's not a distinct ready obivious taste, but it's just a subtle twist that plain water doesn't add. I figure if were using fluid why not. It doesn't add that much cost when using frozen concentrates. Not worth using bottled diluted juice products. Also in our 55's were using a 3 gallon pan ,sometimes a 2 gallon one and rarely but sometimes a 2 gallon filled half full with clean play sand and lined with foil. It all depends on the cooker and airflow is very important to the puzzle. Steve.
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:13 PM   #18
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Join Date: 01-08-14
Location: San Antonio, TX

Used the water pan in my WSM once. Never again. I have a foiled terra cotta base there to help as a heat sink.
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:17 PM   #19
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Just a foiled water pan in the WSM and I have foil balls covered with foil (for easy cleanup) in the BW Chubby. My decision had more to do with the fact that I'm a lazy bastige and hate cleaning more so than performance or results considerations. Works great though.
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:34 PM   #20
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Join Date: 10-09-07
Location: carthage,mo.

Forgot to add the we spray olive oil or grill type cooking oil on the pan to make cleaning very easy after using. Using a ss scrub ball takes only seconds with some warm soapy water. Steve.
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:21 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by IamMadMan View Post
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....
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:06 AM   #22
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Location: Kansas

After the smoker cools, I use a old snow windshield scraper to clear the gunk out of the pan. It works great.
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:42 AM   #23
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Join Date: 01-14-10
Location: South Louisiana

I have a Med. Spicewine… I use water as designed ..results are great..
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:24 AM   #24
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Join Date: 07-18-13
Location: Shelbina, MO
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Originally Posted by qman View Post
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.

Great idea! Why didn't I think of that?
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:34 AM   #25
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I actually add beer and other stuff to my water pan in the WSM... Not sure if it adds much flavor, but it sure does smell good!
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:02 AM   #26
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Join Date: 06-11-14
Location: Ontario

I always use a pan of water. I have used other liquids. I smoke in a Keg so I find the moisture content helpful especially with fish and and poultry.
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:57 AM   #27
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Join Date: 04-15-14
Location: New Brighton, PA

I use sand in mine as a heat sink. I cover it with a sheet of foil for easy clean up.
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:21 AM   #28
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Join Date: 04-19-14
Location: Fall River Nova Scotia

Water just seems to keep the mositure up when doing a slow smoke.
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:10 PM   #29
Wandering around with a bag of matchlight, looking for a match.
Join Date: 06-13-14
Location: Orange, CA

Water just seems to help keep that moisture in the meat.
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