Hey guys and gals building out there. I am building a brick smoker similar to Wes W. and 2 others that I know of...You here for me Wes?? I will have 3 walls going vertical, -firebrick, cinder and veneer. The Outside dimensions of the firebrick will be 27.5" wide x 28.5" Deep. OK? I do NOT want to step in the brick as a fireplace. (adds 3') SUGGESTION TO EXPERIENCED BRICK SMOKERS/ ASKING ADVISE REALLY.. I am thinking of putting a 1/2" flat plate half way into the dimension of brick with high heat silicone that goes with these new homes today (lasting a lifetime) along with a heat rope. the weight is approx. 80 lbs. for this slab. Should that do it? Finish the story, I will have an brick arch, solid face, 2" tall ( 8x8) clay riser on steel and damper opening on plate and the vertical back side.??? Confusing huh? I can draw it and send it! Thank you to all of you contributing to this forum!