Functionality and durability are key, engineer it correctly.
It is only masonry, so yes you "figuratively speaking" polish a turd...
Or build a "house" (enclosure) over it.
Carbon, Would love to see a shot of you finished unit, please??
-Brick vert smoker, Tuscan wood grill
ECB-sent to the curb!
"When it comes right down to it, you just want to be surrounded by good people and good food."