I'm a little confused! I received a Brinkmann Electric Gourmet for Christmas and conditioned it by spraying Pam on the inside, water in the pan and placing the wood chips around the element ( with some chips falling on the element). I added more chips every half hour so I was getting heavy smoke and no flare ups. I did this for about four hours. Are wood chips on the element a no-no? I've read some posts and people are using a variety of boxes/pans/pouches either directly on or slightly elevated above the elements? What should I be doing? Thanks!