I'm just getting started in smoking and am a total newb. I got my "starter" unit to play with, and it's an electric Old Smokey unit. I must use electric b/c I live on a highrise, no open flames allowed.
I'd like to get one of the remote thermocouples (like the Maverick or similar) and I see that one must run leads through the smoker to an outside transmitter. Makes sense. But the Old Smokey really doesn't seem to have a way to do that without cracking the lid open a little, which of course is a great way to lose smoke and cool everything down.