I would imagine that most electric smokers, when used outside, would exhibit this problem....In using my MES, I find that the hot ambient outside temp prevents the smoker's heating element from cycling enough to keep the woodchips burning. I've used a piece of charcoal in the chip pan, but that doesn't always fix the issue. For those that have experienced this, how did you overcome this? Would a smoke generator such as the Smoke Daddy be the solution? If this has been covered before, I apologize. I've been doing alot of searching and couldn't find the specific topic addressed. Thanks for any info.