I have been burning a wood stove in my unfinished basement for a few years. Then we insulated and added sheetrock. I noticed a big difference on the heat staying in the home. Then I recently finished rocking the hearth. It is a raised hearth with a brick floor with two benches to each side of the stove (32 inches long by 18 inches tall by 18 inches deep). The stove sits in an acolve made by our cement foundation. (directly above is a gas insert on main level). This alcove is rocked on all sides with a rocked arch as well. (not natural rock but a fake/concrete rock) Thus, there is a lot of mass to this hearth. I wash shocked at the notable increase in the felt heat downstairs. Once that hearth is heated up it really puts off the heat. Do you guys notice a big difference with a large hearth?