This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 5 pages for free. If you would like to participate, please join.

[ Pitmaster Club Information | Join Now | Login | Contact Us ]

There are 4 page views remaining.


No announcement yet.

Smokenator - question about water pans

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Smokenator - question about water pans

    On my 22.5 OTG, I am using the Smokenator. First thing I did is ditch the tiny water pan that comes with it and replaced it with a loaf pan on the grate above the fire. I also put water in the pan on the charcoal grate as well. What are others doing? Have seen some pictures posted with only the pan on the charcoal grate, got me thinking.

    I've had a recurring issue with pork shoulders where I hit a second stall (for lack of a better term) - I stall at about 160 for several hours, then creep up into the mid-170s and it stops again. I've had to finish the last two in the oven to get them into the 195-203 range. Trying to figure out if my setup is causing it.

    1. Nothing wrong with finishing in the oven.

    2. Are you wrapping at all? I prefer not to wrap, but at the end, you can wrap and jack up the temp (350ish) to get that sucker done.


    • Mike Prince
      Mike Prince commented
      Editing a comment
      Have not wrapped anything yet, thinking of trying that on the next butt I do.

    Mike, I'm using my smokenator for the first time today as well. I started with a loaf pan on the grate like you, but then found it to be a hassle to have to move so I went back to the factory pan when I added wood chunks. Now I find that I have to remove the factory pan to get more chunks in, which is also a pain.


      PS. I put the factory pan back in originally because the rack closest to the smokenator was getting too much heat from flames coming up out of the smokenator.


        I have a Weber kettle and Smokenator. I have done shoulders and ribs several times without using water at all and been very happy with the results.


          I put the factory pan on top of the cooking grate, directly above the hole it's designed to rest in. It's small enough that I can easily use tongs to move it when I need to.


            I have a Weber kettle and the cooking grate has a hinge which I locate directly above the snokenator. I use the original water pan as designed, have no problem adding coals or water and it works well for me.


              I use a loaf pan that I set over one of the round holes. This way I don't have to fill it as often. I find it easier to add new charcoal to the rectangular opening. I also have a hinged grill that I keep open all the time over the Smokinator.



              No announcement yet.
              Rubs Promo


              These are not ads or paid placements. These are some of our favorite tools and toys.

              These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

              Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

              A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

              Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

              We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
              Click here for our review on this unique smoker

              The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

              Napoleon’s 22″ Pro Cart Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the 22″ Pro Cart a viable alternative.

              Click here for more about what makes this grill special

              Groundbreaking Hybrid Thermometer!

              Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

              The FireBoard Spark is a hybrid combining instant-read capability, a cabled temperature probe, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. We gave Spark a Platinum Medal for pushing the envelope of product capability while maintaining high standards of design and workmanship.

              Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review

              Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

              Char-Broil’s Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you’re off to the party! Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

              Click here to read our detailed review and to order

              Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

              This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp’s dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’.

              Click here to read our detailed review

              GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared†Zone

              GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

              Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


              Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps

              Amazingribs.com temperature magnet
              Winner of the National BBQ Association’s product of the year award. This 8.5″ x 11″ magnet contains more that 80 benchmark temperatures for meats (both USDA recommended temps as well as the temps chefs recommend), fats and oils, sugars, sous vide, eggs, collagens, wood combustion, breads, and more. Although it is not certified as all-weather, we have tested it outdoors in Chicago weather and it has not delaminated in three years, but there is minor fading.

              Click here to order.