I'm back. We're getting ready to install our new Englander, and have a couple questions that I can't quite find the answers to. 1) As far as a hearth is concerned: Our house is built on a slab, with the carpet in the living room placed directly on top of it (over a pad, of course). What we'd like to do for a "hearth" is tear the carpet out along the wall, down to the concrete. The resulting concrete area will be much larger than the required hearth size. Then, we thought we'd place the stove directly on top of the concrete slab. Finally, we wanted to line the concrete-to-carpet transition with wood and fill the entire "hearth" area, including around the base of the stove, with maybe a half inch of...well, gravel, for lack of a better word. Sorta like the pretty shiny kind you see in fish tanks, only black. Does anyone see any problems with this? I think it would be more than sufficient in terms of combustible materials, but I'm new, so... 2) On the wall where we want to put the stove, there resides a small, decorative, nonoperating window. It's about 18" in diameter and does not open, close or do anything. The stove would look fantastic centered right underneath it. There would be at least 2 feet of vertical clearance between the stove and the window. However, we'll be using the Simpson kit for venting. This setup would place the vent rather neatly just underneath, and slightly off to the side of, said window. Since it's a glass and aluminum window that doesn't open, can I get away with it as long as I treat it the same as the rest of the outside wall in terms of clearance? I'm having a hard time finding any code reference to this type of situation. Took out our old propane stove tonight and started patching the hole its vent left in the drywall. Turns out there must have been some other sort of stove installed there before the propane one, as there was already a shoddy patch going through the bottom of the wall that the LP stove had been blocking from sight...well, time for Round 3! Thanks once again!