Not to be contrary, but, how come we all seem to think that the heating element needs to be bent so as to be closer to the wood box?
I have two 055's. I've never touched the heating element on either one. I don't always SEE smoke coming out the top, but I SMELL it once it gets going, and notice plenty of blue wispy stuff coming out. If I ever wonder, I stick my nose near the top hole and, yep, it's smokin alright.
AND, by the way, I think the units smoke just perfectly. Sometimes the wood chunks are just black, and I leave them in for the next smoke along with new wood. Sometimes they are down to ash. Why do I care? My units produce GREAT Q...seem to do exactly as intended.
They ain't broke...don't fix 'em.