This is my first build, and my first smoker. I am trying to decide what type of element to purchase. I have seen the Oven type elements with a controller like a griddle controller. I have also seen standard stove top elements used, such as hot plates. Im trying to decide what is best or at least what is recommended. I want to have good control over the temp, and dont know what kind of temp you could get in the smoker with only a stove top circular element. Id like to have enough temperature to be able to do hot smoking for things like roasts. What do you use for an element and why? also, as far as a wood chip box is concerned, what do you recommend, and how far should it be from the element. Please state if you are referring to its placement in relation to an oven or a stove top element type so its clear.
Also, I am building it so I can also use coals and chips with the element either off or low to control temp. I like the idea of building it for various uses.