Hello, I have a ECB. Well... you see it. It's my avatar. Any way, I smoked some chickens tonight. I have read here that a good average temp for poultry is 325. I couldn't get that and keep it tonight. It seemed to be b/c of my water pan. I have read where part of the waters use is to regulate temp with steam. I think I read about 225 or something? But... when I took my water pan out, the grease went straight to the coals and caused flare ups. So it seems like danged if I do and danged if I don't. I've read about sand in the water pan. Maybe that's the ticket for birds? What do you guys think?