Carbon, I saw in a different post that you use a pizza pan. I recently purchased a metal pizza pan and located the grate for it exactly half way up the drum. I haven't smoked with the pan in place yet but wanted to know if using the pan drops the cooking temp on the food grates? I only have one food grate, 7 inches from the top I believe. I wanted to try the pan/deflector because I am tired of my ribs taking the direct heat from below. I hope this helps.
UDS, ECB, Masterbuilt 7 in 1, Masterbuilt Electric smoker