My master forge el cheapo for 60 bucks was a great smoker for a few years for me to learn the craft on. I did have to drill a few holes to promote airflow. lots of cooking space and easy to access coal and wood design. It is a nicer than the ECB by design, but not as nice as a WSM.
I've recently graduated to an Akorn and what a great product that is at $300.
one of the best smokers i've used was my homemade terra cotta pot smoker (in my avatar). It cost around $50 bucks but that is because I already had the big pot.