I knew that, I was talking about preventing it from "skipping rows". I guess the foil pan would do that although I have absolutely no idea how you placed it in there. BTW, don't bother with responding to this...I'll wait for it to hit the streets then I'll pummel you with questions after I get one.
It's not just the heat coming from the element (which I do block with a foil pan). Some is just the fact that it gets hot in the whole smoker. That also makes the dust get drier too. Hot smoking is naturally going to use more dust than cold smoking, or even "warm" smoking.