I think ECB's are a good smoker for people starting out. They get a Bad Wrap, but what do expect for $69 or $79 bucks.
The positive thing about an ECB, besides being cheap, is whoever buys one will learn how to smoke. They are pretty labor intensive, They don't hold heat very well, limited on space, weather is a huge factor, and unless you do some mods, you pretty well don't have any way of regulating anything. BUT !!!! it will make you a better smoker because of all the faults..