My wife wants to buy me a smoker/grill for my birthday, the thing is I want to buy the best smoker I can for the money we have to spend, about $400. I went to Academy and saw some Old Country BBQ Pit Smokers. The one in the store cost $1000, but looked very well built. Then I saw the Pecos Smoker (by Old Country BBQ) that was $399, on a list of pits they can order. It looks like a descent pit but can't tell from a picture. Then I started reading some forums in here and lot of people have been talking about the Brinkman Trailmaster LE, and how it's a good starter smoker. I'm just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on which one to purchase. I really like the side box type smoker/grills, because I would still like to BBQ in the main box on occasion, so I feel this will suit both needs. I would appreciate anyones feed back as well as sugestions for other smokers.