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Old 01-15-2017, 08:59 PM   #1
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Just did my second cook on my new Humphrey's Battle Box. Mine has the drop in water pan. Both cook were butts and on both cooks the meat was very tender and juicy. However, I don't seem to get quite as "thick" of a bark as I'm used to on other smokers. This is my first verticle cabinet and my first using a water pan. Is there a technique I'm missing? Is this typical of a verticle cabinet smoker? Any comments appreciated. Again, taste and moisture is excellent.
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Old 01-16-2017, 04:26 AM   #2
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Try using fire bricks either wrapped in foil, or put them into a cheap aluminum pan and cover with foil. Or try sand in a pan covered with foil. No water.
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Not sure about the Battlebox, but I use water in my Backwoods and found that I get a better bark the higher I put it on the rack (shelf). More direct heat and flow up at the top.
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I agree with putting it on top. I had a Pitmaker Vault and if I ran it with water, the bark stayed very moist almost wet down low. The Vault is a reverse flow upright and so the dry smoke and air enters at the top back wall.
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I'm with ebijack, run without water and see how you like it. If you cook over 250 with water you are using more fuel.
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Thanks all. Sounds like my experience is much like yours. When the meat comes off it seems wet on the outside and the bark is soft. Next cook, I'm think I'm gonna go no water and fire bricks in the pan just to experiment.
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