I have just purchased a log cabin in western Montana that I am going to use as a recreational property (won't be living in it full-time). The only heat in the cabin is a wood stove by Energy Harvesters. The stove appears to be in really good shape, but I do have a few questions about it after reading a few articles here. From one of the posts, it sounds like this wood stove should have a top baffle in it. Currently, there is no baffle in the top of the stove. The flames from the fire would directly heat the top surface. When I look inside, it appears that there are some slots where a baffle might fit. Also, what are the recommended clearances around the stove? It sits in a corner of the cabin, at a 45 Deg angle in the room. My concern is the logs around the wood stove are scorched. I don't know if this is from this wood stove, or some other wood stove. I am planning on installing a hardibacker/cultured stone protector behind and under the stove. Any suggestions on how big this should be? It appears there is also a catalytic converter that can be mounted in the chimney outlet that I could purchase (there currently isn't any in the stove). Any comments/suggestions about using the catalytic converter? Thanks for any feedback and keep up the good work.