The new insert is sitting out a bit more than our old one and with the way our room is setup and with small kids running around I would rather not extend the tile out further in the room than it currently is. I am only about 2" short with the current setup, but 2" is 2". So I thought about putting down a beefed up hearth rug, from what I have read Fiberglass or Wool rugs are no better than regular rugs when it comes to ember protection, so I am looking at taking a standard non flammable rug and turning it into a super duper hearth rug. I have some extra Aluminum Tread Plate sitting around doing nothing so I thought I would take some non-flammable adhesive and glue down the rug to the plate, there is no way an ember can get through that! I would flip the tread plate upside down so it has traction on the tile and carpet it is protecting, maybe leave an inch of overhang on all the sides so no one breaks a toe if they run into it. And yes as a seasoned burner I know the best thing would be to extend the hearth out more. Code in my area does not require it to be fastened down. Insurance doesn't mind as long as it is not flammable. The reason for posting this is I have scoured the threads and not seen something like this done before other than hearth extenders, for my setup that would add to much height. Ok, I am putting on my flame suit. Attached a picture of my break in photo so you can see what I am working with(reason for the smoke), also keep in mind a kidco gate goes in front as well.