Hi. I just tried my flameboss 400 for the first time on pork butts. Couldn’t see ash on the butts, but once I wrapped them in foil, I could see ash all over the foil at the end. Seemed like the burn was uneven, so at times it was blowing hard: I noticed a bunch of unlit coals on the far end of the fan, which is probably why it blew so hard when temp dropped. I did minion method with hot coals in the middle. Should I try putting the hot coals on the far end from the fan to start? Also, do you need to put water in the pan when using a fan? I’ve been doing it the old fashioned way for years, so water-in-pan was habit for me. Thanks!Hi DJ, I did a fair amount of research on blowers and decided on the FlameBoss 400 - though I also considered the BBQ Guru. Cost and performance based on reviews were my criteria for deciding. Also, I have a Weber Connect for monitoring multiple temperatures, so I did not need a blower with that feature. I have absolutely no problem with ash and the blower allows me to keep a consistent temperature the entire duration of my smoke. I have the 18 inch WSM and it performs fabulously with the addition of the FlameBoss 400.