We planned for a new patio and wood-fired oven a year ago, started construction in August, and are just finishing up now. We learned from YouTube and books and kept fit by laying pavers, mixing concrete (84 80-lb bags!), laying cinderblock and brick, and setting firebricks with refractory mortar. Our only outside help was with the granite countertops to be added soon. We plan to cook everything from steaks, turkeys, casseroles, and pizza in the oven and use it as a smoker for salmon and ribs.
-- David Elmore