Learned a valuable lesson with my WSM yesterday. Don't put water in the water pan. I couldn't get temperature out of that thing to save my life. Made a heck of a mess with leaks all over the place too. Two weekends ago, same fuel load, 225-250 for 8 hours straight, didn't hardly touch the thing. Yesterday, it wouldn't get to 200 hardly until I removed the water out of the pan. Then, 225-250 no problem. The water also made the bark on my chuck roast and chicken breasts wipe right off. Like I said, lesson learned.