Pros: Inexpensive, good to experiment and learn with
Cons: Poor design = poor results
The Brinkman gas-powered smoker was my very first. I was new to smoking meat and I figured it was an inexpensive way to learn. I read multiple books, I attended Richard McPeake's BBQ class and I bought a lot of supplies. However, no matter how carefully I followed the recipe or how attentive I was to the smoker, I always got poor results. The ribs were too dry. The brisket never got tender enough. etc...
My main gripe with this smoker was that it does a terrible job of retaining humidity - which is key to a good smoke. I used a water pan for every cook, and I even topped-off the water every few hours. I mopped or sprayed my ribs and brisket to keep it moist. Yet, all my cooks wound-up far too dry. I suspect there are too many openings and gaps in the sheet metal that allow humidity to quickly seep out. In particular, from underneath. Lots of gaps there due to the gas burner mechanism. It was very frustrating.
I will admit that using gas made it very easy to get to a target temperature. However, if I recall correctly, I could never get the temp below 250. Even on the lowest setting, the gas just made it too hot to achieve temps between 200-225. I also didn't like the taste of the food using gas. It wasn't bad (no worse than a gas grill) but doesn't come close to the flavor of using lump charcoal. You're really missing-out on something wonderful if you're smoking meat using gas.
The overall quality was fair. Stamped sheet metal. I suspect the racks were not stainless steel, but something cheaper that might rust over time.
I eventually pitched this smoker. I didn't even give it away I hated it so much. I later purchased a ceramic "egg-type" smoker and realized what I was missing.
I'd recommend you don't waste your money on this smoker. Save-up a little more, and purchase a better entry-level smoker like the Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM). Once you catch the BBQ bug, then you'll start saving-up for a high-end stick or ceramic smoker and you'll love the results.