but broke down and bought a ET-73 thermometer. I know I need one of these but what bothered me was I paid $53 for my Royal oak Smoker and this cost me $42. My first go (2 butts ) came out pretty good despite not having a good therm. Any ideas how to get more smoke ? I used hickory chips in a pan sitting directly on element. Putting chunks of wood directly on element, how dangerous is that ? Going to try a turkey this weekend.