I have done more than a few low and slow over night cooks - nothing like most of you - and have had good but inconsistent results as far as maintaining a steady temp. I do not have a digi q, etc. Anyway, I am about to do another 3 butts on my large and am reviewing the Elder Ward method of building and starting the fire. Others have recently posted questions about their similar issues, especially a drop in temp when the plate setter, drip pan with water, and meat are added. My question is, has/does anyone preheat the plate setter or pan of water? It seems like This could be done in the oven at even 150 degrees or so. Any comments?
Born and raised in NOLA. Now live in East TN.