Hi! My first post, but I have been lurking for about a week. So happy to find this forum. We are finally replacing our old Firelite wood stove in 2 weeks. I will post a before picture now (and add the after pictures when our new Country Stove Striker S160 is installed. A little background. My husband and his brother DIY installed the Firelite themselves in the early 80s when my husband bought the house from an estate. After reading here, I am thankful we haven't burned our home down. In addition to the new stove, we are having Desert Rose River Rock put behind the stove over new hardybacker board, tile on the hearth with the RR around the edge, and 18" tile in front of the hearth (replacing the current carpet). Our hearth wasn't legal either (not enough front clearance). This will be professionally installed with new chimney pipe, etc. I have worried myself sick over this old stove and chimney too many winters---but nothing like since I have read here!! No more fires until the new one is installed. Here's the old Firelite, hearth and back walls and our wood shed.