Gravel/Sand in tray question

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by fishacura, May 12, 2014.

  1. fishacura

    fishacura Newbie

    I have seen a lot of good advice on adding gravel/sand to the tray to help with the thermal mass of the oven.  However I am unclear on one thing (and I'll apologize in advance if this is dumb!)  Does this mean add it and also add water or is there no need for water in that pan?  I ask because I thought completely removing moisture might not be a good thing but I don't see anything mentioning anything other than sand/gravel.  Just a little unclear.  Can someone let me know?  Thanks!!!
  2. demosthenes9

    demosthenes9 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    People do it a number of ways.    You could go with no water, or you could put rocks in the pan and then add water in the rocks.  Or you could fill the pan say 1/2 way with sand, cover in foil and then add water on top of that.  

    Kind of just experiment with it and see what works best for you.
    Last edited: May 12, 2014
  3. I never use a water pan or add moisture except for a spritz here or there. No one's complained yet.
  4. fishacura

    fishacura Newbie

    Last edited: May 13, 2014

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