I'm quite new to this site, in fact I just found it today after desperately trying to figure out how to continue using our Masterbuilt electric smoker 20070408 that had given up it's ghost.
Glad I found you though, this seems to be a treasure trough of information. Especially the Frankensmokers I've come across when perusing your site - awesome!
Living in coastal AL, but of German descend, hence I've been using our smoker relentlessly until it conched out for all kinds of sausages, hams, and the ubiquitous ribs and butts now and then. We just can't find the lunch meats we love to eat @here, so besides making our own bread, I've become sort of a butcher over the years. Admittedly that was somewhat of a challenge considering the temps, but funky contraptions (like an upturned metal garbage can to capture cold smoke over our electric unit) worked okay, in winter time at least.
Well, now I don't have to worry about too much heat anymore, as there's none forthcoming. As for smoke, looking forward to try out the Amaz'N' cold smoke generator. Maybe this element breaking was a lucky thing after all.
Anyway, good to be here!