We are building a 30 x 15-20' single story L shaped addition that opens to a kitchen (and a staircase running to our 2nd floor)... about 600 sq ft for the room alone, and are thinking of adding a wood stove in a corner of this room. For now we are considering a Jotul F 400 Castine ... it seems about the right size, has low clearance for a corner installation, and the styling is right. But we're not "sold" yet since there are other manufacturers in our area. Anyway... To get the close clearance (I think 6" according to the manual) you need a protective surface on the walls near the stove. I could easily build this myself if supplied with accurate and safe recommendations / instructions. So I'm looking for a website or link or information regarding how to build these wall protectors (and floor protection as well). I have the basic concept: tile over a noncombustible surface with spacers to allow an air gap between the sheetrock and the protective wall, but I would appreciate specifics. For example, what's a suitable (and inexpensive if possible) substrate (board). Is 1/2" concreteboard suitable and sufficient? And what about spacers? I've read to use ceramic spacers or maybe pieces of the concreteboard ... but what about the actual fasteners (I would think metal screws could possibly transfer heat to the studs behind the sheetrock). And, if anyone has a recommendation or two on what type of tile to use (or if there are some tile materials to avoid). I'm thinking to build this protective wall from near the floor level (understanding that I need to leave a gap for air to circulate behind the wall) up to near the ceiling ... maybe 10 feet. So weight may be an issue. This would provide a dramatic background for the stove (and the pipe). But would the height prevent air circulating behind the wall (don't think so, but still a question)? So, if anyone has information ... what to do and what to avoid, I would appreciate a reply. Thanks!