I bought a Brinkmann smoker a few weeks ago and found out this isn't what I wanted the hard way. It is a Brinkmann Mini Parilla (just a smaller version of the popular Smoke N Pit) and I keep running into the problems mentioned here http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/126711/brinkmann-smoke-n-pit-low-temps-too-much-charcoal. Personally I do not have the time to make all of the mods mentioned in the discussion.
I'm looking to spend something under $300 that won't burn too much charcoal for each cook and doesn't leak smoke like crazy. I'm located in SE Tennessee so humidity will also wreak havoc with rust. Any help is greatly appreciated.