water pan

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by nordo0, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. nordo0

    nordo0 Fire Starter

    ok. three questions. I have read here that some people put sand in thier water tray. Can anyone tell me why. I also sw some wrap the bottom of the pan. why. Last but not least how do you achieve a goodTBS?

  2. big andy a

    big andy a Smoking Fanatic

  3. nordo0

    nordo0 Fire Starter

    Not to much but maybe to little. Just thoght there might be a trick to the perfect tbs.  Thanks for the other info. does the sand let you smoke at a higher temp without over evaporating the water?

  4. smokinal

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

    You really don't need to see the smoke, if you can smell it so can the meat. Yes the sand will let you smoke at higher temps easier.
  5. nordo0

    nordo0 Fire Starter

     Thanks Al. Will the sand be a problem when smoking atlow temps. How much sand in respect to water ratio
  6. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would use the smoker per manufacturers directions.

    There are many different views on this subject of Water and sand, I am sure each has its own value, however I use water.

    The following is my 2 cents.

    Water/Sand acts as a heat sink

    Water helps keep temps at an optimal smoking temperature, Sand does not

    Water aids in the Smoke ring, Sand does not.

    Water will help keep the food moist by reducing evaporation from the surface of the meat but will not add moisture. Sand does not

    I tried lining the bottom before, I don't bother now, however Curt is correct you will get a nasty buildup, but what I do is take out the pan while warm after a cook and wipe with paper towels then wash.

    I pretty much always line the inside but sometimes you get a tear in the foil and its more of a mess.


    THIS is unique to the type of smoker and how the smoker is being used, but for the most part, you want to limit the oxygen to the wood and make sure not to deliver too much heat or it can burn up rapidly, giving you some nasty by-product.

    I always use chunks and have great TBS however sometimes when the chunk is near spent it will smoke more than I like, this is when I replace the chunk with another.

    A tip I can suggest is when using large chunks is to stand them up on the narrow end instead of flat, sometimes this helps achieve a long burn.

    Some folks soak their wood, I am not one of those,  when you soak wood and then place it in the smoker, it will first expel the moisture and appear to be smoking, this is actually water vapor, after the water vapor has been expelled, the wood will heat up then start to smoke.

    However I would like to point out many folks have success with soaking, I have not benefited from it.

    You can click on my TBS Less is more post in my signature or CLICK HERE

    I based this post with my GOSM in mind.

    The bottom line is you will need to find out what works best for your smoker and your style of smoking
  7. nordo0

    nordo0 Fire Starter

     Thanks SQWIB. Did I misunderstand. I thought you use the sand under the water not

    instead of.    Len
  8. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Some people fill the water pan with sand then put foil over it to keep it from getting nasty with the drippings.

    There has been lots of debate as to whether or not the water pan adds moisture and some believe it does some believe it doesn't. Personally I use water in the pan like SQWIB does.

    If you can smell the smoke then so can the meat you DON'T want thick white smoke that can lead to creosote and that tastes nasty
  9. Has anyone ever tried using a rectangular pizza stone as a heat barrier? You could even put a water tray on top if you wanted moisture. People who cook on the green eggs use a "player setter" as a heat shield, which is made of the same material as a pizza stone. I've used a regular old pizza stone as a heat shiel in my egg and it works.
  10. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    On my MF I  use sand in the water pan 3/4 full, covered with foil, to provide a small catch basin for drippings, that may miss the drip pan. I also add a disposable pan of water on a rack just above the sand filled pan. Why do this you may ask. The sand filled pan retains heat better then water. It allows me to get higher temp. I fill the water pan much less often. I have tried many ways and found the sand to work the best.
  11. nordo0

    nordo0 Fire Starter

     Thanks every one.

  12. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I use a 12 inch clay pot saucer in my wsm.

    No water.

    Works for me..

  13. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    What sqwib said.

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