Hey Jay, Welcome To SMF. I am In Agreement With Jpayer I Still Have My EL Cheapo Brinkman Vertical Smoker And It Is Almost 30 Years Old Now. The Only Mod I Suggest Is Get A Heavy Duty Grate that Fits On The Supplied Charcoal Pan To Allow It To Breath. Of Course I Would Like To have A WSM, they Are The Best But I Don't Want To Spend The Money Either. Any Way Happy SMokin! ! ! Whatever You DeCide!