Hey I know I'm blowin' it bein new to this. Is it a general rule of thumb to add a drip tray into the smoker? (I just got a masterbuilt). Maybe I should have joined this site first! Any way with the chickens I have done twice and they came out great I just let all the grease and juice fall where it wanted to - including onto the chip box and the heating element. Strikes me that the birds were being "smoked" buy there own juices rather than the wood chips that kind of didn't smoke and smell as good as they did before I put the birds in. ( I added wet chips about an hour in and don't really think they smoked - they didn't resolve to ash just turned in to charcoal in the chip box...) Any help in the right direction would be grand - even a swift kick might be helpful! Thanks much to everybody! No mention of adding a cheap foil drip pan like I think I saw here someplace with the smoker instructions... Thanks!