I had mentioned in a previous post that we are going to build a new hearth when we install our PH. I am thinking of raising the hearth about eight inches as it allows a smaller footprint on the non loading sides of the stove. I double checked what we want to do with Woodstock and they confirmed I could do this. You just can't deduct the vertical rise from the loading side. This will also make it easier to load the stove. I don't see a downside to this as it will make the hearth stick out into the room less . Since I see many of you have raised hearths; is there any downside that I may be overlooking? Also to do this will involve offsetting the stove four inches from the flue being directly over the center of the stove. I thought a clean and nonrestrictive way to do this would be by adding an adjustable 90 to the single wall pipe and adjusting it so it kind of makes an s toward the flue. Is this the correct way? it doesn't seem like the pipe could come out of the stove at a diagonal, it wouldn't fit right.