Well, I have been trying a few things suggested by the factory guy.
1. Using the water pan as a smoke box (it sits closer to the heat element). Works great at higher temperatures. Goes out and won't generate smoke at lower temps that I want to use for the salmon or squaw candy.
2. Make a rack to get smoke box close to the element. Same results as #1. Used a jalapeno rack, upsidedown.
3. Asked if could put smoke box on the element. He said as a factory rep, he couldn't recommend itbut allowed that a lot of people do it. Worked the best so far but not as good as other methods in other smokers, in the past. Not the right texture but definately edible salmon candy. I'm getting there.
Still feel the element is too hot for this recipe but can't keep the smoke generating. The relative size of this element and the luhr jensen may be the key. The LJ may not have been able to do the larger chunks and birds that this unit should handle with ease.
4.Going to try # 3 again but am going to put a briquette in te smoke box to try and keep the smoke going and I am going to cut way back on the heating element.
5.The store manager advised he will give me full credit if I return the unit and buy a gas unit. He told me that a similar gas unit did not have insulation, tho. Never used a gas unit before so I'd better start researching.