I've added a real thermometer to the thing. I've also added some feet to the bottom bowl so I can rest it on the ground for easier charcoal access. I've come across two other mods that people seem to recommend for the ECBs, but I have some questions. The first is a grate to hold the charcoal, which helps keeps the ash from building up around the hot coals. I guess my most pressing questions there are, how far above the bottom of the bowl should that sit, and do I need to do something to make up for the lost charcoal-holding ability. The second is vent holes in the top of the smoker, and in the charcoal bowl at the bottom. I like the idea, but I'd rather put in proper vents. Is there a good source for those little metal doors they use for Weber grills? With a dremel I could just cut the openings and bolt on the door, and have a much wider adjustment range. Any other suggestions, all welcome, I'll post cell phone pictures of the thing this weekend once it's all fired up as I lack a proper camera. For now, electric and propane are off my list, simply because if I'm going to bother that much, I'll just go buy a proper smoker for my birthday.