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So, you're all set to cook in your Reverse Flow or Offset Smoker, but now you're wondering  "Do I need a water pan for my smoker?"

I'll tell you right now, there are a lot of reasons you may want a water pan in your cooker, BUT it's important to know exactly what those reasons are!

You can check out this Video Podcast where we discuss the reasons you might want a water pan:

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From the Smoke Stack to the Food Quantity to the Height of the FireBox...

There are several differences between a Reverse Flow Smoker and an Offset Smoker!

Today we are gonna go over those differences and hopefully help you decide what Smoker would best for your BBQ needs!

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So you found a tank for your Smoker build, but now you need to start laying it out! The first thing you SHOULD do is find Top Dead Center.


Top Dead Center is going to be your reference for all of your layout, cuts, and parts on your Smoker. It will be the deciding factor on whether your cooker looks uniform or not.

So, to be absolutely sure you have precise, level, and accurate measurements, finding the top dead center on your Propane tank is first on the list! Once you have that you can cut out your cook chamber doors!

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Can you Bake on a smoker?? Absolutely! Of Course You Can! I have baked cakes, brownies, cookies, pizzas, and now I'm going to do Cinnamon Rolls! I have been working in my spare tme for the last little bit searching for what I consider the perfect cinnamon roll recipe. I think I have found them! I recommend when you are looking to bake something in your smoker you give it a few trys in the oven first to figure it all out. I like this recipe the best because it calls for baking them at 325°F which is easy to...

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What all pit masters need to know about lighting a fire in your UDS Drum smoker

I get a lot of questions about startup on all different kinds of smokers. One of my favorites smokers is the Ugly Drum, so let's start there.

First - how to light a UDS drum smoker. Later on I'll address temperature control and different scenarios that a person can get into whenever he/she has a fire they can't control and/or temperature fluctuations. So I'll try to split that up into about three blog posts. So, let's talk about charcoal...

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