I need Help! Everytime I try to smoke something, my burner stops working. I have bought several hot plates, and they all do the same thing, get hot and melt! Usually the wires under the burner get too hot and melt, or the thermostat never shuts off and the plate gets too hot. I thought I solved it by wiring the contact points to the outside of the smoker. It helped, but the plastic which holds the element eventually got too hot and melted. So....I then tore the hot plate down to just the bare element and wired a plug directly into it. I plugged it into a rheostat for control and was busy patting myself on the back when I realized the element would not stay at a consistant temp. Does anyone know of an industrial strength element I could use? I am kind of a tightwad and I like using items from the scrap heap whenever possible. Sorry this is so long! I have read a lot of posts on this site, and I would love to get past these problems and whip up some good Q! THANKS!