I'm a mason living in eastern Ontario where we can get a lot of snow and freezing rain. All these things are very hard on brick as it doesn't like the freeze/thaw cycles which cause spalling (face falling off the brick when I wanted a smoker my first thought was a brick one as I have lots of brick left over from jobs. It work would look beautiful and probably work very well in the summer and fall. I also wonders how long it would take to heat up in the winter. Then I realized that after ten or 15 years I'd have to rebuid it unless I had a shelter over it. Since I'm 60 years old I decided I might not want to do that at 75 or 80 years old. Having said all that if I lived 500 miles south or was 30 I'd love to have one. I'll likely do it anyway just because they are beautiful and free (for me). just wanted to warn anyone living in cold snowy areas of the durability.