HI All, Just wanted to share the joy and give an update. Finally got our wood stove installed! We had a heatilator fireplace, but needed to get more heat going in the house. Wanted something for when it is more mild out, and in case of a power outage. We have a huge Crosswinds wood furnace in the basement, but you can't use it without electric. Also, I think it is oversized for our home, (1300 sq ft. ranch over basement) so it often is way too hot in here. "the little tike" as the boys call it, fit on our hearth, and is to provide heat on milder days. The boys and I (ages 15 and 13) installed a chimney liner, cap, and appliance connector from Magnaflex Industries. You can contact this guy at: firstname.lastname@example.org for prices. I thought the price was good, and I had called down to Magnaflex Industries. I just looked them up online and they were here in KY! I talked to a sales rep named Rainer, and he was SO KNOWLEDGEABLE! He explained it all to me and patiently answered all my questions. I would buy it again in minute! Feel like I saved some $$ on it. We did not line it and the stove is just fine. We did install a block off plate. Stove has a nice draft to it. We ran 6 inch round stainless liner down an 8 x 13 inch clay flue. When we got into the installation, we went to take the damper handle off and it broke off. It has rusted off. So the timing on the stove was great! Pretty much an all day project! As you can see in the pics, the wood mantle is exactly 30 inches from the top of the stove. that's what the manual recommended clearance is. Would you install a mantle protection plate anyhow? Stove is small, but house is well insulated home. It's keeping us surprising warm on a little bit of wood. Getting the hang of the CAT too. Really helped reading all the posts about CATS here on Hearth.com. I highly recommend buying a wood stove thermometer and putting it on top like the manual suggests. It really helps and tells you what is going on! thanks to all! ~Tonight we put a cast iron skillet on top and made pancakes! Yummy!! Yes, I got stove cooled down a little lower temp! Also, I helped my daughter and was right there with her. Fun way to teach her how to make pancakes!!