Hello everyone. I have not started smoking yet. I'm still in the research phase, which lead me here. I live in an apartment with a really small backyard, but I am not allowed to have anything with an open flame (stupid CA laws), so I am planning to buy or build an electric smoker. I have a clean 55 gallon drum which I got for free and will probably end up turning that into a real simple smoker with an electrical hot plate as the heat source. Anyone had any experience with a similar plan? I am concerned about the hot plate not providing enough heat.