I'm glad there's a section for brick smoker owners. I've been real pleased with mine over the last couple of years and all of the work was worth it. First course was a daunting task. The wood box and gas grill enclosure were coming along. Soldier course mixed things up a bit. The fire-box was getting a course of solid "fire" bricks in it. Family names engraved by Dremel tool. This arch was fun to build. My 18" tiles sit on this expanded metal (other than 6" near front). Poured concrete countertops were a relatively inexpensive solution.