Originally Posted by KC5TPY
NOW, I did read somewhere about putting kitty litter or similar in the bottom of the Electric Old Smokey to absorb moisture but I dismissed it as I thought that would be a horrible taste to your final product.
Its a grease absorbent; http://www.oldsmokey.com/products/grease-absorbent-for-electric-smoker.
With the electric the unit is so tight that the moisture has no where to escape. I have used the absorbent on one of the three I had/have and saw no really note worthy change in the meat or the rust. All three completely rusted the bottom out . Only had to change one heating element, but......... The bottom trusting out is the weakest spot. I have one in the barn, one on the porch, and one on the front porch, none have a bottom.....LOL
Back to the post. I see no reason that you could not adapt a mod to make the Old Smokey work as you want. You will not be able to use it again as intended after your mod. though. Modding will be a bit more difficult because it a round body. No flat surface. Because of that, I would look at installing adjustable vent on the bottom, and the same on the top. Then you would have to extend the screws which hold the second grate and make longer to hold the drip pan. Once you've moved the drip pan up one you could use the second grate on the drip pan screws, and set an AMPs on it. I have not done measuring, but that would be how I would approach what you want to do. AND the benefit is if done this way you could close off the vents and go back to the original configuration and use the chips again.
Remember you can steam with this smoker until you change it. BTW, if you are completely redesigning/re-engineering, why not go with a blank slate and build one large enough to suit your needs?
Anyway, that's my take on this smokers conversion. Hope it helps some. Me I'd just buy one of those MES40s I read on the thread are selling for 1/2 price and have one big enough to put whole meats in.