Ryan from Pittsburgh here. After debating for 3 summers on whether or not to get a smoker, I went ahead and purchased a Brinkman Smoke N' Grill over Memorial Day weekend. I went with the Brinkman because I wanted something small to get my feet wet. We have a summer place about 2 hours north and I wanted something portable so that I could smoke during those camp weekends.
Broke it on Saturday by curing it. Got a pretty good feel for the temp, how long charcoal will burn, etc. Smoked chicken thighs and a pork roast on Sunday. Chicken turned out great. In fact, my 6-year-old asked when I was going to smoke chicken again. Pork did ok. Needed about another hour. Instead of pulling it, I sliced it thin. Still went over well with the family.
Next up - RIBS! Wish me luck. Its going to be a delicious summer.