I am having some trouble getting the proper heat in my ECB. I havent replaced the thermometer yet, but Ideally I want the needle to be right in the middle of "Ideal". I have drilled the holes in side and bottom of the charcoal pan. I have mounted the legs on the outside. Saturday I was smoking a turkey and had trouble getting it much above "warm" I removed the water pan and the temp got to where I wanted it. Admittedly, the only charcoal pan mod I havent made is putting grate in the bottom of it. So my question is, do i really need the water pan? If I run it dry it starts smoking badly, if I fill it with hot water then my heat wont get up there. If I pull it out I get flareups from the drippings catching fire and therefore raising the temp way past Hot. What are my options here?