This weekend just before I got started smoking, I decided to make some more mods to my ECB (Verticle smoker). I had already attached the legs to the outside of the body and made a reinforced stand for the fire pan. I had read that mods to the fire pan would be a much needed improvment. I went to the garage and dug out my Smoky joe and borowed the heat grate from it. It fit perfectly in the bottom of the fire pan, then i drilled 3 3\8 holes in the bottom and put a pan under the holes to catch the ash. I was supprised how much this helped. I am thinking about making some kind device to controll the air flow. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to accomplish this??