My wife and I recently moved into our first home. It came with a very nice-looking woodstove, but we knew before buying that the stove did not have a permit. We were told the hearth was probably too small and the chimney might not be tall enough. We still need to get a mason out to check out the chimney (and fix the mortar on our furnace chimney). The stove is a Comforter made in 1976 (based on the casting imprint on the back). No UL tag or owner's manual. The best info I can find indicates that they need 36" to combustibles. Right now there is 18" to the nearest wall and more like 17" to the chair rail. The hearth extends 8-9" around the stove. Short of a massive re-do of the hearth, it looks like we are looking at a new stove. Is there any way around that? Our town basically goes by the manufacturer's recommendation, or at least the best info available on the 'net for older models. Are there newer stoves that might work with the existing hearth? Any other stuff I should look out for? And finally, any market for a well-cared for Comforter stove? Couple pictures. Masking tape shows 18" from stove.