Here's my dilemma . I purchased a 2 door master forge smoker from Lowes.
sealed it . and noticed temp guage hovered around 175 never higher.
Since the unit was warm I assumed Thermometer was faulty. They are sending me another.
I run the unit with no chip box or water pan and thermometer rises to 400 in ten minutes
i lower temp on knob and temps drop like they should.
I look at water pan and realize there is nowhere around it for hot air to rise.
My next move is to replace water pan with cast iron skillet.
On sale at Lowes convenintly right across aisle from smoker.
fits like a glove and there is space at each corner for hot air to rise.
Sorry for rambling on . I tried to get all details. btw they are also sending me a new flame assembly also.