Thanks, and now I am real curious about the bid. The total proposal includes all material and labor for the following: a complete 48-inch diameter handmade brick oven--(not a kit oven), a 6ft x 6ft block base which the oven will sit on, and a granite shelf that will front the opening of the oven that will be approximately 4ft x 1 ft. The mason has a 30-year reputation in my area, which based on the references I have checked thus far is excellent, although he has never done work for me before. According to him, he has built numerous brick pizza ovens, the most notable being a brick/soapstone pizza oven for the Common Man restaurant, which is a very popular upscale chain in NH.
I will definitely investigate further, and maybe I can talk one of his previous clients into letting me use one of his ovens.