Hi folks. I'm new to the forum and am not that experienced with my smoker having it for less than a year. I was reading through the forums and another member suggested in an unrelated post about a different smoker brand, that using water will suck up BTUs and make it harder for the smoker to attain and maintain any temperature over 212F. That struck me as being quite sensible. However ... The Bradley smoker operating instructions suggest that the water bowl is necessary to quench the spent pucks that are ejected every 20 minutes. By not doing that they continue to smoulder and its then that the most potentially harmful contaminents in the smoke are created. (Is this BS?) What do you think? Does running the smoker without water make it easier to attain and maintain a temperature and is there a downside to not using water?