I was at the dog park to day with the hound, and got to talking to a guy about my smoker. He mentioned that he had an ECB electric that he had gotten as a gift a few years ago and has only used it a few times. He said it was going out in tomorrows trash because he was tired of looking at it. Of course I promptly got his addy and stopped by after the dog was done playing to take it off of his hands. Seems to be in good shape...element works...needs mods of course, and then there is the whole learning curve with regards to vertical electrics. I guess I will start with a good cleaning and reseasoning and go from there. I might just lose the element, and make it a charcoal smoker...not sure yet...propane has crossed my mind as well. Anywho, just thought I would report on my find. One mans loss is anothers gain.