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Old 05-30-2008, 06:24 PM   #1
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quick quetion about sand

Im going to try the sand in the waterbowl.
I just want to make sure this is right.

Fill it all the way and add water? or fill it 1/2 way and fill with water? any help is appreciated. db
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Old 05-30-2008, 06:38 PM   #2
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Just sand, NO water. Cover the sand with aluminum foil so you can keep re-using it.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:30 PM   #3
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What Nick said.

I have my water pan filled about 1/2 with sand and foiled. NO WATER!

If you look close you can see the foiled pan. Click the thumbnail.

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Old 05-30-2008, 09:16 PM   #4
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how

How in the hell does that replace water? haha... or is it for certain cuts of meat? or to control the temp. higher? ive got another 9lb butt to smoke tomorrow. im not sure i understand this one so i might not add it tonight and just go with H2O, and then try somthin smaller tomorrow. and i think that was a run on sentence because it ran on and then it turned left to another turn and so on and so on............
thank you guys for the help. Let me Know. thanks. db
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:42 PM   #5
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The sand and water are nothing more than heat sinks to help control temps. The sand is preferred by some, including me until lately, due to it's stability in controlling temps and the ease of clean-up. You just, fold the grease in the foil and throw it away, then refoil again.

In my WSM, I used a Brinkmann charcoal pan, filled it little over 1/2 with play sand, smooothed it out then foiled over the sand, to catch the drippings.

I might add one thing, when using sand it is imperative to control temps on their way up, if they get too high it's hard to bring them down. But if you start controlling them when your pit reaches around 200-210, it'll settle right in for you around 225.
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Old 05-31-2008, 07:45 AM   #6
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right on bruce! thanks for all of your help. All of you. 8lb butt about to hit the smoker. 6:45 am mountain time db
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make sure that when you fill with sand there is enough room to make an indentation with the foil. If the foil is straight across the top the juices will get into the fire and you will get some flame ups.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:05 AM   #8
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thanks..........im gonna do another one during the week i think. The wife came home with 2 - 6 pounders
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