I plan on buying a smoker in a few weeks here while I am home for R&R. I was thinking about getting a horizontal with the offset box like a Brinkmann smoke n grill or smoke n pit (they are the same thing it seems). Some of the reviews on it worry me though, it seemed like a bunch of modifications are necessary to make it work well. I want to put it together, cure it, and get smoking while I am home. I would prefer to get a grill/smoker as my current grill isn't all the good and I'd rather have just one unit instead of two. However if the Brinkmanns are really that much of a pain, I'd just as soon go for a stand alone smoker. It depends though on what they have available in-store at Home Depot and Lowes. Any advice on the Brinkmanns or what else I should look for would be much appreciated! I'd like to keep the price below $300.