This is true. Smoke control is a switch, either "smoke" or "cook." I don't use it. I put a foil packet of pellets over the pellet fire pot. On the Kentwood, there's a metal shield over the fire pot. Put a packet of pellets there for added smoke flavor. But, just like with the FE, IMO you get plenty of smoke flavor from the pellet fire itself. Some folks do like to burp smoke rings though.