I have found throughout the years that questions like, "...should I get a Brinkmann or a cheap off-set or should I get a Klose or Gator pit?" It comes down to two basic questions; 1) How much money do you have to spend, if money is no object or if you've been "given permission" to spend it, 2) How much do you like to play with fire, are you a set it and forget it guy; a budding pyromaniac; do you have to have sleep during the night?
If you've got the money and you like to play with fire and don't mind tending a pit every 1-3 hours, and you really are into BBQ...I say go for the Klose or Gator.
If you've got the money, but like sleep and really would prefer not to mess with the pit that much....buy a WSM or two, or a Stumps or some pit similar.
If you don't have the money, but really like Q, and love to sleep get a WSM.
If you don't have the money, could care less about sleep, love messing with the pit...buy a Chargriller off-set, or a BarB-Chef, or similar low price off-set.
One more rule of thumb...if you go with Klose or Gator, once you determine what size pit you want/need...buy the next bigger size, you'll wish you had after you get it.
Don't limit yourself to Klose or Gator...do your research and get a pit you really want, it's a big investment.
GOOD LUCK!!!! Oh and welcome to the Board.
Treasurer, Great Lakes BBQAssociation
Rubbed, Smoked, and Sauced Competition BBQ Team-
22 1/2" WSM, 2 18 1/2" WSM's, 22 1/2" Weber Kettle