Series 5 Vertical smoker

jnd42697

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I just got my smoker. Should I put water in the water pan? Is it necessary? Cooking two butts Saturday and some sausage. If I run water in the pan will it mess up my crust on my butts?
 

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I’ve seen on YouTube that you must use the water pan to keep your tempetures from going crazy
 

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I just got my smoker. Should I put water in the water pan? Is it necessary? Cooking two butts Saturday and some sausage. If I run water in the pan will it mess up my crust on my butts?

I always use water as I think it keeps the meat moist throughout a long cook. How did the butts come out?
 

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I think it’s more to prevent flair ups, I’ve let the water on get empty on long cooks and it’s been fine with holding temps.
 

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