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You'll probably need to paint it with a masonry or stucco paint. I think you'll be fine keeping the water out. The one thing I did last year is I left my oven exposed all winter (in Ohio). I don't think I"ll do that again this year. I think the freeze thaw cycles are hard on the exposed masonry portions of my oven..
Dick, which masonry parts are you concerned about? The cultured stone face? counter? firebrick? decorative arch? I live a few hundred miles north of you. I was planning the oven to be winter proof. I really don't want to cover it every winter (plus, I plan to use it in the winter, too!)
I will be putting on a multi layer stain then seal. Where did you get your stucco here in Houston?
I got the base stucco from Home Depot in one of their broken bag pallets. Planned on using it since I had it - no experience with stucco, though. I was planning on building up the sides and dome with formed vermicrete using mesh for support. Then apply the base stucco on the porous vermicrete surface. Would that work or would I have to affix some diamond mesh?