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Unread 04-13-2013, 07:03 AM   #1
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If I want to use sand in the water bowl of the WSM, how much sand do I use?

1/4 full, 1/2 full, etc???

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I run mine full with sand. foil the top.
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I fill it but leave a bowl like depression so the foil will retain all the drippings.
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I fill it but leave a bowl like depression so the foil will retain all the drippings.
This!
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Which WSM? I think the bowl on my 18.5 would hold enough to bend the support tabs.

(Not a sand user myself. I still have childhood memories of gritty hot dogs roasted over an open fire on the beach. I use water, empty bowl or no bowl depending on what kind of heat I want.)
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My $.02, I used to own a WSM clone and I used a ceramic plant base covered in foil inserted inside the water pan. No screwing with sand and cleanout. Being ceramic is will absorb, retain and radiate heat and help keep even temps. Hopefully this link will work and show what I'm talking about.

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Sand!?!?!?! Never heard of such a thing.
Although the water thing is such a pain in the ___, I'm open to suggestions.
Doesn't the sand being heated give off an odor?
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I stopped using anything in my water pan. I just foil it for easy clean up. But, when I did use sand I filled it almost full and left a depression as HSLS mentioned and then layerd on some HD foil.
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My $.02, I used to own a WSM clone and I used a ceramic plant base covered in foil inserted inside the water pan. No screwing with sand and cleanout. Being ceramic is will absorb, retain and radiate heat and help keep even temps. Hopefully this link will work and show what I'm talking about.

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/2527/ceramic4sz.jpg
This is what I use also. Sand, clay saucer, crushed coke cans, or just foiled water pan are all options that folks are using instead of water. Got tired of the mess that water makes. My gut tells me that water provides a little bit more control, but it is not worth the extra clean up effort.
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If you're going to use sand be sure to foil the pan first. It will stick to the pan like cement if you don't. That said, I'm in the clay saucer with foil over the top crowd.

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Since I ditched using water so I could get above 250, I've never used anything but a foiled pan. Anything past that seemed like extra cleanup.
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If you're going to use sand be sure to foil the pan first. It will stick to the pan like cement if you don't.
That sounds like some good info. Thank you.
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Are you sure you want to use sand instead of a clay saucer?
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never used sand or water so I'm no help here.
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Changed to foiled clay saucer after a few cooks and never looked back.
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