Hey all, Just finished my first build and had a few questions the search engine couldn't answer.... The design was for a gas/propane burner but I have an electric Brinkman vertical I don't like much. I took the base & element from the brinkman and have it in the bottom of this build. 1. Doesn't seem to heat up very much (100 deg.), but i've doubled the smoke area so... anyway, how hot does it need to be to smoke salmon? or turkey, etc? 2. should i season this with any particular wood? I have some pine/fir firewood laying around so i was thinking that would work. 3. Since i'm using an electric element, should the vents be mostly closed? 4. Since i'm using the bottom of my brinkman as a smoke source, do i need to use hardibacker/cement board around the bottom? That's it for now. Any help or info is much appreciated.