Hi Silver, welcome to the bretheren! The ECB (El Cheapo Brinkman) can be a good smoker with some work. I got one as a gift and ended up copying some Mods that I found here.
The Gourmet is a much better deal because you will need the sealed off fuel pan to ever have a chance at controlling temps. That being said, there are still mods that need to be done before it can be an effective smoker.
Here is a link to the mods i ran on mine, it now works like a champ. Needless to say, when I decide to buy a new smoker it will either be a WSM 22" or a Komado style cooker. The ECB is a greater low cost starter/learner but there are much better products out there.
Hope it helps!