I'll try provide an answer from the opposite side of the coin, as a former Brinkmann owner. Assuming you're referring to the round, barrel type Brinkmann, the metal is thin, they're not adjustable, the water pan is too small, they don't hold temperature very well and the design is awkward. You'll read a LOT of posts here and articles elsewhere about how people modify them extensively to get them to work properly, and even then they really don't. Plus they're too small to smoke for anything but a small group. If you're referring to the box type, all the same statements apply except for they are adjustable, but they're made to such loose tolerances that the air vents really only slightly alter the incoming volume of air. Now, I will say that they're both a good starting point and will give you some decent food, but you'll very quickly progress to the point that you're frustrated with your smoker and desire to 'move up". If you can swing the extra money for the Weber, I'd say definitely go for it based on what I've read here and elsewhere. I haven't taken the plunge yet, but hopefully in the spring I'll be able to provide actual user feedback on the Weber.