Water bowl...when to use, how much?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by matuz, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. matuz

    matuz Newbie

    I have always been filling my bowl up 1/2 way in my Vertical Brinkmann Smoker.  I have heard some people just put sand in it.  

    Is there ever a time when you use water or sand, fill it up 1/2 way or full or not at all?  I'd like learn some different techniques.  Thanks, guys!
  2. smokinal

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

    I use sand all the time. It makes for a much easier cleanup & you don't have to keep adding water on a long smoke.
  3. matuz

    matuz Newbie

    Thanks, Al.  I like the "less cleanup" part!
  4. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

     I'm a fan of using sand too. Not only is clean up a breeze it also provides steadier temps. 
  5. tjohnson

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

    Some guys like the water for added moisture

    Some use sand for a heat sink

    I don't use anything in my water pan

    Just foil it for EZ Clean Up!

  6. I foil mine, when I smoke a turkey I use a cheap white wine ( 1 gal ) only put half in at a time.

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