Originally Posted by Jerry713
I think I would go with metal. Brick may last longer in the smoker area but not in the fire box area. You'd have better control of the heat with thick steel IMO.
Not if you use fire brick...like in a wood burning fireplace. There are no mortar joints in those...which is the weak link. A special mortar is used that the fire brick are dipped into that holds them together more like a glue.