Well, I downloaded the owners manual from Louisiana Grills and it appears that the "independent smoke control" is not any different than Traeger or FE. When it is set on smoke you are getting a temp of 200-220 deg. When you switch to cook you can go to the higher temps. You cannot "smoke" at 350 deg. as it appears. I guess to truely seperate the two functions you would need 2 seperate burn areas like a dedicated smoker box on a gas grill.