Water Pan

Discussion in 'Beef' started by team ramrod, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. team ramrod

    team ramrod Newbie

    Smokers, got a question about my new master built smoker. What is the use of the water pan at the bottom of the smoker? I've heard you're supposed to put water in it? What is the positive of doing so?

    Thanks,

    Team Ramrod  
     
  2. h2so4ca

    h2so4ca Meat Mopper

    There are many opinions out there about later pans. 

    One of it's uses is a large heat sink to help regulate temperatures.

    The other main use is to provide a moist cooking chamber to keep the meat moist. 

    I have one in my WSM and Stumps cooker and use it to great success.  
     
  3. smokingearl

    smokingearl Meat Mopper

    you'll find no need to keep water in the pan in the MES. leave the pan in the smoker to help with side to side heat distribution. But the MES is great on its own at holding moisture.
     

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