Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've been on the forum, matter of fact it's only my second post. But anyway, I've been planning a hearth for my new stove, an Englander 13-NC. I just wanted to describe what I've come up with to everyone and hear some of your thoughts. First, the size of the hearth/floor protection. Englander suggested a minimum of size of 42" D by 41.25" W, giving 8" on the sides/back and 16" in front of the stove . I plan on setting the top in ceramic tile to match other tiled areas in my home so I increased it some to make life easier laying tile. My setup will be 49" D x 43.5" W. I am planning on setting the back of the hearth against a wall. I figure the added size can't hurt and it keep me cutting as few tiles as possible The hearth provides floor protection a little more than 8" on the sides and 17" in front of the stove. The back of the stove will have a heat shield and will be 12" away from combustibles per the instructions, and the sides are 19" away from combustibles. The 12" behind the stove will be tiled as well. With the stove being 12" away with a shield, I am not sure if I should just go ahead and tile the wall too. Even if it's not needed, it will probably look better. The manual also calls for insulation under the stove with an R value of 2. Under the tile will be 1/4" hardibacker (R of .13). Under the backer board is 1" of Micore 160 fiber board (R of 2.54). Including the tile (R of .020), the total R value should be 2.69. Having more than 2 can't hurt I suppose. Underneath all this will be some 2x4 framing to raise the hearth from the floor about 4 3/4". The chimney should be about 15.5" away from the wall with this set up. The planned chimney is a straight up and out type. Will single-wall pipe work from the stove to the ceiling? I've read that stove pipe should be 18" away from combustibles on horizontal runs, is this the same on a vertical run? And of course, anything above the ceiling/roof will be triple wall. I have also contacted my local building department to check any local codes that apply to wood stoves. I was advised floor protection and stove placement will need inspected to make sure they meet the manufacturer's specs. I am trying to make this as safe as possible and I apologize for all the numbers I've thrown out. I have always loved a fire but prior to this house, the only thing I've ever had is a fire place. At work, I am in and out of a lot of houses. I have seen a few stoves sitting on a manufactured stove board just laying on top of carpet. Another stove I saw was just sitting on plywood! I know this can't be safe.