Vertical units like the Brinkmann and Meco can be gateway drugs to a Weber.[;)]
My first smoker was an offset Char-Broil (the Silver Smoker model) like the one Edwmax posted above. I found that it was usually too large for the amount of smoking I did and when I found a used 18″ Weber I got rid of the CBSS. The Weber takes up less space and burns less fuel, and is much better suited to the type of smoking I do.
Luke, keep an eye on Craigslist. You might find a good deal on a used one that just needs a little elbow grease. Good luck!