i would just like to give a big plug for Frank the tech support guy at Auberins. he has been unbelievably helpful, and just cant do enough for me. probably any of us for that matter. if anyone is going to do the 1500 watt Brinkman heater and the Auberins PID go for the 1800 watt capable one and you can run you smoker at FULL THROTTLE for as long as you want and dont have to worry about burning anything up.... I DIDNT but he will mod mine for a few bucks, was actually gonna send me the 1800 watt one and credrit me when he got mine BUTT im not going that route. will just send mine and get the mod done. once again , i have had outstanding support as he held my hand thru alot of the set up and other probs i had cause i was not savy with the manual. THANKS FRANK !!!!!