Being a Mizzou boy myself, I find it troubling welcoming anyone from yer' kneck of the woods, but I'll take one for the SMF team (all in good fun!)
Seriously, welcome! I don't have a Brinkman, but I'm sure you'll find everything you need here. I'm assuming your new smoker is a horizontal with a side firebox? Common design with my smoker, the Chargriller Pro. If it's the upright however, I can't help you, but all designs have some common points.
Just fire away with any questions you have, and smoke on!