Hello all.. i've checked out some of the other fourms here and there and it seems like the threads i've checked out here have had the people with the most knowledge. I've read a post that was over a year ago about this particular smoker and it didn't really answer many questions. I just bought a Smoke Hollow brand Electric Smoker.. Model number 30166E. I went with an electric smoker because i retired the charcoal smoker that i had before. It was an offset smoker and very hard to clean. i got VERY good with it. and in my mind. i proved myself a worthy smoker. And thought i'd relax now and get the electric one. Voltage 120v Watts 1500w Amperage 12.5A Hertz 60HZ http://www.olp-inc.com/downloads/30167E-30166E.pdf that is the online instruction book. Maybe that will help anyone that needs to know any specs. So anyway.. i'm pretty good at smoking. here is my situation. - Started about 11am, and used the 2nd to top rack. Cooking boneless ribs and a pork loin. Started the temp on medium to get it up to about 230 ish. left and came back about 40 mins later to check on it. the temp gauge said 225. so i wanted to make sure it was doing ok on the inside. - When i opened the front. The ribs where damn near done.!! seemed like the steam from the water pan and from the drip pan where cooking the hell out of it.!! - I kept the heat set at a little above medium. and took out the water pan. figured the drippings would make enough moisture to work. and i didn't see much smoke all together.. so i used the water pan to also put wood chips in. - Checked back in about 1 hour 20 mins. and the ribs where DONE.. I was able to somewhat salvage the porkloin. But, the ribs went to the dogs. So, why did it take 2 hours when it should have taken 6.?? was it too cold out.? should i adjust for the temp outside even when the temp inside says 230 or so.? It was snowing and raining that day so, i don't know if that will cause any problems. I put the smoker just inside my garage.. so it didn't have direct contact with the snow or rain. Maybe i have to relearn smoking all togheter.?? maybe i need to the adjust the temp to even lower.? Would love to get some tips so i can be 100% or as close to it next time i smoke.