I am having a hard time getting down to and regulating at low temps like 175 degF for venison jerkey
I guess I haven't ran mine that low , I've kept it at 200 before . I guess maybe fill the water pan with sand or something that is dry but will absorb heat and then maybe turn it on an hour or 2 before you load it ? I'm sure someone will post on the subject . Does it do the higher temps ok ? Have you ever checked it's actual interior temp with a known accurate thermometer to see how close the display on the unit is . Mine's pretty close but I do hear people say theirs is off by maybe 20 degrees or so . It might also help if you have some sort of deflector in the back right corner over the heating element . It helps even out the temps inside the unit .
Yeah the electric is pretty easy to maintain, Hopefully someone will chime in soon to help you out with your smoker. good luck and good smoking!!
I think the mes gasser comes w/ a low pressure regulator . To gain better control of the flame you need to install a needle valve regulator.
only drawback i can see to doing this is when you get such a small flame it is easier to have problems w/ the wind blowing out the flame.