I am going to be purchasing a smoker tonight and have narrowed it down between these too. I have read and researched and haven't really found a definitive answer to the difference except some people like the split door and some like the offset. Is there really a big difference? Obviously, I'd like to stay as low possible in regards to price but don't mind if I have to pay a few extra bucks and not regret getting an inferior product. I also understand that I will need to modify the Brinkmann a little if I purchase that one and I don't mind having to do that. I've wanted to smoke for some time and have read so much I think I am over-analyzing everything. Can't wait to get started with everything and just do it.