Water or No Water?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by brickguy221, May 30, 2015.

  1. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    For those of you that have a MES, do you use water in the water pan or do you leave the water pan dry and .... why do you use water or no water?
  2. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't use the water pan in my MES, as I use it for low temp stuff like bacon, cheese, etc.
    Water pans are for a heat sink or temp control ! I don't think most use the water pan though !
  3. Don't use the water pan.  You want to smoke not steam the meat.  Fill it with sand and it will help with temp swings.
  4. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    ..... OK, I will try no water next time. Without water, the meat won't be too dry then??? 
  5. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Your smoker expends a lot of energy heating the water so can cause it to struggle to temp and use more fuel too the water dosent last that long anyway. ts not a steamer so use sand or a terracota saucer as a heat sink. getting the right meat and temp will keep it moist
  6. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I haven't used water in two years. I foil over the empty water pan and keep it in place on the bottom rack.
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2015

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