I've done a little smoking of chicken a couple years back with the BBQ Pro Vertical charcoal smoker w/ water pan. I dunno why they call it a water pan, but I'll get back to that in a minute. I still consider myself a n00bie because I only got to use it a few times while living in that apartment, then i gave it away. When I moved down here to MD, first thing I looked forward to was buying another bullet-type vertical smoker. I got the ECB, and I love it! I only made one batch of chicken, but there's still more to come. I will do the Jeff-mods this coming weekend, and see how meat comes out. I’ve never done ribs, but I just bought the recipes and full e-course. Next weekend there shall be bear and meat! ok so the 'water pan'... Why is it called a water pan? I read a lot of posts that people fill it with sand. I, myself fill it with white wine. so not only does the chicken have a good smoky flavor but it's still succulent. Are other people not doing this? oh my profile avatar is a pick of the new ECB, and attached here is the chicken I used to crank out with my old smoker.