Home Show Kicked Off at the Cam-Plex Saturday

(Gillette, Wyo.) You've probably seen photos of this floating around by now. Everyone that's been to the Northeast Wyoming Contractor Association's Home Show today noticed it. You've also probably seen Accent Masonry's work around Gillette before. Jordan's, Bank of Gillette, and Thunder Basin Orthopedics all show off the company's artistry with brick and mortar. They're even part of the renovations at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. But today they brought two outdoor fireplaces to the Wyoming Center, and both stood out. Except, one of them isn't a fireplace. It's a pizza oven. Luke Bennett got the idea from a pile of boulders. He wanted to create something for the patio that looked like an old tree stump, whose roots were interconnected with stones. What he ended up creating was a 5000 pound outdoor oven out of metal, concrete, and ductwork piping. "I had to bring it in days ahead of everyone else," he explained. "It was too big to try and maneuver around all the other vendors while they were setting up, so I was in here Thursday." The brick oven can hold three 11" pizzas at a time. It took over 150 hours to create, with a crew working on it every weekend for over a month and a half. At times there were up to four members of his bricklaying crew helping put it together. It's hand shaped and texture stamped. The process of painting the rocks took 14 hours alone, using nothing but concrete stain to give it a pop of color that definitely makes it a talking point. "People usually run from it," joked Bennett, when we asked whether or not he'd had any buyers so far. Right now the price tag is $24,000. It doesn't include the hours of curing time the structure will need before it finds a new home. The Home Show continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can check the pizza oven out yourself, or find over 150 other vendors with products to help you renovate your home. #county17 #news