OK...the stove is a Harmon XXV, and I just found out it arrived today and they are going to preburn it and I can pick it up during the week. I have a wood floor where the stove is going and am not likeing the looks and/or the cost of the hearthpads at the dealer. I have a 3 day weekend and am pretty handy with wood but have never worked with tile or stone. I was wondering about just mixing up some cement and pouring a pad....then paint it or finish it to look nice. I have googled all day and found nothing on this idea...but I did find this forum and have been reading alot...some not so good things about the XXV...but mostly the reviews are good. This is a corner unit so doing slate or stone would require cutting and design...the conrete seems like it would be simple to do and i would like to think I could make it look nice too with some contrasting wood trim. thoughts?