So I've used this site for information many times and have finally found a Vermont Castings Defiant that's in good shape for a decent price. I'm picking the stove up this week but I have a concern that I could use some help with. I plan on putting this monster in the fireplace opening, and it's too tall with the feet, even so if I purchased the smaller feet. It will however, fit nicely if I remove the feet completely. Is this something I can do? I believe my fireplace opening is 28 1/2" tall. The stove is a rear exiting by the way. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated, thanks!