View Full Version : Water Bath in Reserve Flow - Use or no?

08-27-2017, 09:03 AM
Hello. I am new to the world of offset/stick smokers. I have two test smokes to my learning and have been mainly focusing on the fire management. This weekend coming up, I want to do 5 pork butts on my smoker (MeadowCreek TS120P). My question is, should I be putting water in the built in water bath? Entire cook, beginning only, or ??

Thanks. I have many questions, but will focus on one at a time.


08-27-2017, 09:24 AM
In my experience you don't need a waterpan in a reverse flow.

Notorious Q.U.E.
08-27-2017, 09:44 AM
I use water anyway even with my RF cooker. Maybe it's placebo effect but I do feel like my Que has come out a tad moister

08-27-2017, 11:45 AM
Never needed it in my Pint. I use playground sand as a heat sink. Less mess and works perfectly!

Notorious Q.U.E.
08-27-2017, 11:52 AM
Paul Shirley himself frowns upon water on top of baffle plate so my work around has been a stainless steel water pan on lower rack closest to firebox. It stabilizes the temps of my pit quite nicely

08-27-2017, 06:35 PM
Nope...no water pan.

BBQ Freak
08-27-2017, 07:04 PM
never needed water to even out temps or for the meat so I say heck no .

08-27-2017, 07:54 PM
Never use water in any cooker. If you need to even out temps water will work.

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