Hi everyone!!!! My first smoke was yesterday labor day terrible time. I have a brinkman smoke an grill. I used an electric element with the water pan could not get the temp above 175 degrees. So i changed everything in the middle of the smoking to charcoal after about 4 hours. I really want to use electric also are the wood chips done when they are black or ashes? Is the low temp because of the water pan? When i seasoned it the temp was up to 275 degrees with no water pan. Thank you for your help i really need it!!