Chef Tim here.
I work as a professional chef and live in the rocky mountains, specifically Wyoming.
I just found a NB offset smoker at the local Habitat for Humanity store and got it for $50 bucks. Looks like a NB original and not the Brinkman ones. Very heavy.
The firebox looks like it's in pretty good shape, but could use a thorough cleaning, and the handles have burned off. Sounds like this was a problem with these smokers, as I've read more than a few threads where the handles have been torched.
My project is to sand or sandblast off the rust, then re-paint it either in custom color or black. have not decided yet.
can't wait to dig in here and absorb some smoke-knowledge.