Remodeling my kitchen left me with a lot of left over wood (maple) flooring and I was planning on retiring the trusty brinkman in favor of a home build anyways. At this point, I have only glued the sides together so I still have a LOT of work to do. I was, originally, going to go with gas and have since acquired a heavy duty turkey fryer burner but I think I am going to opt for electric due to ease and availability of control options. I learned a lot with the brinkman and want the new box to operate in a similar fashion so I don't have to learn all over again. I was planning on mounting an electric element on the bottom of the box and placing a metal pan directly on the element and using chunks to make smoke. My brinkman never really put out a ton of smoke but I would burn up 4 or 5 chunks the size of a golf ball for an 8 hour run time. Does this sound right or should I try more smoke? Another question I have is that I always filled the pan above the element with water. Now that I think about it I am not even sure if you are supposed to do that or not. I can say that I have been fairly successful with what I was doing before. I have had success with jerky, backstraps, summer sausage, tons of various roasts and even a turbaconduckin. I can borrow the element out of the brinkman, but I would rather give it to one of my buddies if i can purchase one pretty cheap. I'm not exactly sure what I need as far as an element or controller. I would really like to like the temperature to be fully automated. I'm all about "set it and forget it." I'm a "techy" so if you know of any cool digital gadgetry that I could incorporate, please let me know. Any insight is VERY much appreciated. Thank you! Once I do more work, I will keep everyone updated.