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Unread 08-03-2011, 03:23 PM   #1
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I just built an UDS and I was thinking about adding a water pan below the grate. Has anyone tried this and does it interfere with the cooking times.
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I know some people use a heat diffuser, I'm not one of them but the drum smoker is a moist cooking environment by nature, so I see no need for a water pan.
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I know some people use a heat diffuser, I'm not one of them but the drum smoker is a moist cooking environment by nature, so I see no need for a water pan.

I agree.But a lot of people seem to be using them.Different strokes for different folks.
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Water pan = much more fuel
Diffuser = slightly more fuel, distributed heat
No diffuser = minimal fuel, direct and spotty heat

I rarely use a diffuser. When I do it is usually for chicken or something that may need a little protection from direct heat. For big cuts like butts and brisket, I just put the fat cap down and let it roll. The heat hits the bottom of the meat and spreads out from there.
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