I converted my ECB a few months ago and have begun to regret doing this and not just saving my $28 to apply to a diffrent smoker. I understand that it's just a matter of figuring this whole elect. think out but I have become very frustrated. I can't seem to get a smoke with out flare ups. I've tried chunks, small split pieces, wrapped in foil, on top a baking pan turned upside down. I've run out of ideas and patience are running out. since it's a conversion there are no lava rocks, just the element on a metal plate which rests on the legs in the bottom of the smoker. I bet the biggest problem is that this thing isn't flush with the walls of the smoker so theres tons of air coming in right at the element.