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Old 08-06-2013, 04:44 PM   #1
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Default Suggestions on heat sink in smoker

Hey guys, fairly new to the site and I just want to start off by thanking everyone for all the info, there is seriously some amazing stuff on here!

Anyway, I have a UDS and I also have access to a WSM and I'm just wondering if there are options for heat deflectors or heat sinks besides a water pan? I've heard of just a pizza pan or something in a UDS but, I'm wondering if that's the most effective? I've thought about a bowl fill with sand instead of Water? Is any of this even necessary?

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Old 08-06-2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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I used to use a pizza pan covered with foil and just lay it across the top of the fire basket, but now I don't even do that. The pizza pan worked well though.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:58 PM   #3
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If you are just looking for a diffuser then anything that blocks the heat will work. A pizza pan is fine.

It you are looking for a heat sink as well, then you need some thermal mass. Lots of WSM users have gone to sand in the water pan (covered in a few layers of foil) or a terra cotta planter base (from Home Depot or a similar place), also wrapped in foil.

I'm not convinced that a heat sink is necessary. When i fire up my WSMs I just use the water pan covered in foil as a diffuser and leave it empty.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:41 PM   #4
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:06 AM   #5
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When I use my UDS to smoke bacon I take one of my pizza stones and wrap well with foil and set it on the lower grate, under the meat. Seems to work real well. The rest of the time I use nothing.

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