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Offline larryk

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Water Bowl
« on: March 21, 2012, 05:43:38 pm »
My first smoker, BS611, arrives tomorrow. Woohoo! Got the Maverick today.
I was talking to a guy at work (has a weber) about putting water and maybe juice in the water bowl to help with flavor and keep the meat from getting dry. He say it was a myth that the water bowl was to keep the meat moist. The main purpose for the water is to server as a heat sink. I've never heard that before! Maybe that's the case for a charcoal unit.

Do you need to keep water in the bowl for the duration of the smoke? So in the bradley, the same water that is putting moisture in the box is also for putting the spent puck out?

Offline RossP

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Re: Water Bowl
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2012, 06:15:55 pm »
The water bowl is for the Bisquettes to drop into once they are pushed off the burner, the water puts them out. The water in the bowl also helps capture the grease that drips through the the hole in the smoke deflector. Leave your vent open and water in your bowl and alll will be good. I am sure more will pipe in any minute.

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Offline JZ

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Re: Water Bowl
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2012, 06:18:39 pm »
What Ross said x2!

Offline Ka Honu

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Re: Water Bowl
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2012, 06:25:58 pm »
... and, yes, it also acts as a heat sink to some extent.  Many of us replace the Bradley-supplied drip pan with a 9x13 aluminum foil tray and fill it about halfway with hot water to perform all those functions.  Depending on what they're smoking, some also use another tray on the lowest rack to catch drippings and/or put some veggies and liquid in it for flavor.  Not so sure how much flavor gets to the meat from that but the (defatted) drippings are great for FTC, sauce, etc.

Offline KyNola

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Re: Water Bowl
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2012, 06:31:32 pm »
Welcome to the forum Larryk.  Short answer is yeah, keep water in the water bowl. ;)

Offline ghost9mm

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Re: Water Bowl
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2012, 06:41:21 pm »
Yep keep water in the bowl and I put ice in mine when cold smoking when the temps outside are very warm, you have to try and keep the temps down when cold smokin some of the softer cheese's...and meats too..
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Offline bostonsmoker

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Re: Water Bowl
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2012, 04:16:56 am »
ghost9mm (or others): what is the hottest it can be outside where you feel the ice will work to produce a good cold smoke?

Offline Toker

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Re: Water Bowl
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2012, 08:26:45 pm »
When you put a probe and the temp inside the smoker indicate higher than 90F. No matter the outside temp.

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Re: Water Bowl
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2012, 04:28:23 am »
Thx toker. My first batch of cold smoked salmon today. Was nervous abt how hot it was , but now we're in a cooling trend.

Offline rcger

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Re: Water Bowl
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2012, 08:32:19 am »
Definitely keep the bowl full of water.  I generally fill mine with boiling water.
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