Just when i thought my Mes was done, i went to the appliance shop, he tested the element and said it was good. Bought hi temp wire, and connectors for 11.00 dollars. Came home wired it back up, still need to get self tapping sheet metal screws. Where I am scratching my head is, the MES controller is reading temps 30 degrees lower then my maverick ET73. I checked it in boiling water so I know it is right. Above the water pan i always use aluminum foil over the element to cut down on the heat, and I read the temp close to the temp probe in the smoker. Does everyone else find there smoker runs hotter, and just adjusts the controller to your external thermometer. I'm on my second controller now, my fist one read way worse then this one. Sorry for the long post and thanks for the help. By the way, the smoker said 210, and my maverick reads close to 240 or a little higher. Im going to smoke some pork tommorow so i can make sure this thing is going to hold up for my long easter smoke.