I'm a novice smoker from Eastern Oregon, my current setup is a Brinkman Smoke pit, I removed the side barrel set it on the ground and ducted it back into the main compartment. It is in my carport so I sealed it with high heat RTV and ducted it out of my garage. So far it works pretty well, I use a hotplate and wood pellets in a metal bowl for my smoke method. And a hotplate in the main chamber to regulate the temperature.
I'm looking forward to acquiring some great advise and techniques.