If it turns out to be a Brinkmann, let us know if it's the ECB (the very cheapest) or the Gourmet (not quite as cheap, and a little easier to cook on). There are some mods that can be made to either one to make them easier to work with.
Your not kidding. I did a ton of things on a ECB. Sure there cheap, but a person just starting out, you can't beat the price and Chuck got it for the best price! Rome was not built in a day. I'll have to look around to see what I have left. Might be fun to cook on one again.