Hi. I got a little chief electric smoker that looked new and smelled like it got hot. Few weeks later and after buying 4 pounds of salmon, I found out the smoker didn't work correctly. I ordered a new element with over night shipping from Amazon and went it got here saw it was not the correct one. Called the company and they said the smoker was discontinued in the 80's and no elements for them anymore. Okay, so I canned the salmon without smoking first. I'm not willing to give up! Before I go to the expense of a new smoker I want to see if I can just remove the electrical out of this one and use charcoal in an aluminum pan at the bottom and then place a pan of chips on that. I'd still utilize the shelves in the smoker. Will that work? Thanks! I will be canning any fish I smoke.