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Unread 11-27-2013, 01:32 PM   #1
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Getting ready to fire up the WSM tomorrow - going for 2, 13# birds. I'm planning to cook at around 325. In some places I've read not to fill the water bowl for turkey's, in others, that it should be filled especially with lower outside temps (outside temps should be around 40F). What's your advice?
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Unread 11-27-2013, 01:45 PM   #2
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my temps will be 42 tomorrow and my WSM water bowl will be dry. But then I never use water or sand. I just tinfoil the bowl and get cooking.
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I don't think I can get my WSM up to 325 with water as the water suppresses the temperature...so I would run dry
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the two times i've cooked on a wsm in the cold and with a big breeze we filled the water pan an sealed it as best we could by foiling over the top. we didn't use it for moisture but as a heat sink to help with temperature swings. it sounded like a good idea. i don't have an imperical data to demonstate if it worked or not, but we didn't have any big temp swings. and i'd gues there was about 3/4 of the water in teh pan at the end from where we started. you could probobly get the same effect with sand or bricks. i'm sure others with more cold weather experince on the wsm will chime in.
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Foiled pan, WFO. My $0.02 FWIW.
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