Hi all this is my first post, I'll introduce myself, I live in the great Northwest, smoking for a year, and I have been creeping around this and other forums for the last 6 months. I have been using an electric 30" smoker. I want to get in to the charcoal offsets. I have been looking at the Brinkman Trailmaster and im doing my research. It seems highly rated after being modified and is in my price range of 400 with mods. I was wondering what else is out there in that price range that's more solidly built and I would like to hear from those who have the BTMLE what they think. I don't mind if the smoker is smaller than that though as the most I will be doing at a time is maybe a pork butt and a chicken so that way I go smaller size I can gain on quality and gage of metal?. I would like something of heavy duty steel I don't mind having to make mods but as a first time charcoal user something that is easier to control would be a big plus. I am pretty set on horizontal offsets so no WSM for me as I'd like to smoke the same way the pros do in the circuit with indirect heat and smoke etc. Thanks guys I look forward to your advice!