Hey All. New member Patsmaker4op here. I mentioned in my roll call that I intend to build a masonry smoker in my back yard. I have finally been inspired enough to begin this mega project. It will either kill me or make me stronger. Unfortunately the smoker build will need to start with phase 1, Landscaping and here is why. My wife and I just finished building our new house. We moved in a day or two before thanksgiving. Things have calmed down and I believe it is time to bring the back yard to life. After all that's why we moved here in the first place. Here is a pic of the back yard. We live in Palm Coast Florida on a dredged salt water canal. The canal is navigable by boat to the Intracoastal Waterway and ultimately to the ocean. As you can see the slope of the back yard is drastic. I plan to build my smoker just past the crape myrtle tree you see here. I plan to make this area into a sweet hangout with Smoker, fire pit and more of a flat area to sit and chill. To do this I will need to remove a lot of dirt and build a retaining wall. That is probably why it took me so long to commit to the project.