Just joined the forum, you all have a ton of great info. This is day 3 of my adventure, and I am going to keep the smoker and the electronics in this forum but under two headings. Here we go!! Goal, have an electronically regulated smoker that I can view from my smartphone while on the couch SMOKER Have the hot plate - Brentwood 1000 watt dealie from amazon Have the silicon oven gasket - apartment smoker, so really need to focus on being as courteous as possible to the neighbors. Need to find the terra cotta pots. Really struggling with this! Anyone knows a place in DFW let me know asap! Looking for 18" with an 18" drip pan for a "lid". I can usually find the base pot but not the "lid." Might have a line on this tonight if I get lucky. To do: terra cotta cooking grate - saw a good one last night at lowes cast iron skillet - easy stands for smoker - easy brick for hot plate - scavenge handle - plenty at big box once I find the pots this thing will go together fast CONTROLS Started with the PID route so I have ordered a pid, ssr, and thermocouple. Have since decided to go heatermeter, so I am going to hold the PID and thermocouple until project works then sell them. Have all parts for the heatermeter coming to house. Taken a big bite on this one! Might use the PID in the interim until I figure this beast all out. advice, opinions, and name calling always welcome here!