Sand vs water in the sand pan

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by galbury, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. galbury

    galbury Newbie

    With my propane smoker I use sandbox sand in the water pan instead water and it works really well, Can I do the same with the electrical smoker?
     
  2. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yup!

    TJ
     
  3. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yup again...switched to sand in my gasser and have never looked back
     
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Why do you guys like sand better?
     
  5. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    I have not tried the sand but i have tried lava rock like what u put in a grill... It works really well [​IMG]
     
  6. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Why not. I don't have an electric, but have used sand in my charcoal and propane units with great success.
     
  7. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member


     It is not something you need to use all the time. I find in the colder months it does give you more consistent and higher temps than water, which will evaporate over time. Sand will not. Sand also can be reused several times, as long as you put a sheet of foil across the top and remoisten the sand for the next smoke. During the summer months, I tend to come back to water in the pan.
     
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  8. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

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  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    Thanks Flash,

    I guess I'll have to give it a try & see what I think.

    Do you ever have to add moisture to the sand during a long smoke?
     
  10. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member


     Well first, as to moisture in general, the water in the pan does add some moisture, but very little. I do tend to spritz a tad more when using sand. As to the sand itself, no I pretty much leave it alone until the next time I go to use it.
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2011
  11. galbury

    galbury Newbie

    Thanks all for your comments and advice.
     

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