Greets all. So, we've been burning for 2 months or so now and things are going great. For once, this isn't related to burning. In the pictures included, you can see that my Rainier is stuffed into a masonry fireplace with painted brick. We tried to strip the paint off before we got the stove, didn't work. So we covered the brick, and the leftover latex, with 4 or 5 coats of high heat paint, particularly on the section of brick directly above the stove, where all the heat is constantly hitting it. We are going to cover the entire fireplace with some faux brick/stone type of thing, but that's going to take some time, we need to complete some other projects first. Anyway, despite our efforts, the paint has begun to crack and peel right around the area directly above the stove from being hit with intense heat all the time. I would like to rig up some kind of heat shield that will make the heat roll off some sort of a surface that forced it out an other 6 inches or so, so that the brick isn't being hit with the full force of all that intense heat all the time. I found sheets of aluminum flashing that are 2'x1' at home depot for like $12, my plan is to bend a lip into one side that will fit on the heat cover on the back of the rainier and hold it in place with some bricks or something. It doesn't have to be pretty, as it will be done away with when the faux brick/stone is put in place. But it does need to function. See my poor man's artists concept drawing in the picture to get an idea of what I am talking about. What do you think? Any other suggestions? Sorry for the poor picture quality, SWMBO took the camera with her for the long weekend while she visits family, so I had to take these with my cell phone. I can take better pictures when she gets back in a few days if needed. Thanks. EDIT: Don't mind the firebrick hanging out of the stove, I was checking the flue. Squeaky clean! Surprising, given how many smokey fires I've head learning how to burn this thing.