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Recently I converted a Brinkmann charcoal smoker that a friend gave me, into an electric one.  Some of the modifications I did were to get a hole saw to provide access for the cord and element, and then I had to put a pizza pan in the bottom of the smoker to block the vents that were in the bottom.  After all of this, I was ready for my first smoke - only to sadly discover that the internal temperature never would get over 220 degrees.  With that being said, my wood chips never even smoked.  Thus no smoke taste.  After experimenting more, I discovered that when I removed my water pan that the temperature would rise to the desired results.  However, I know without a water pan that I will dry out most of what I try to smoke.  Now I am looking for any advice I can get to get my temperature up,  I realize the ideal temperature to cook most things is 220, but I like the smoke taste so I need to get it on up to at least that temperature.  I have not added lava rocks or sand.  Will either one of those give me the extra 30 degrees or is there another idea that may work better?  Thanks in advance.................