Is it typically a standard Firebrick, or do some designs use Insulating Fire Brick (IFB).
Also, do you place any insulation under the deck to prevent too much heat from being sucked down into the substructure?
I'm thinking of building my own, and for me, the IFB would be much easier to use, as you can cut it with a standard band saw.
I've included a photo of a kiln rebuild that used some IFB. IFB kinda looks like styrofoam made from ceramics.