Hello again. I got my Vigilant inside and I'm doing some minor repairs to gaskets and the thermostat mechanism. But now I'm wondering if it's too big for the space I have. Here it is on the existing brick hearth pad (there was a smaller stove there when I moved in but it was in rough shape so I donated it). The Vigilant looked right to my eye, but when I checked the Vermont Castings manual, it said my hearth pad was too small. The minimum required pad calls for an additional 8 inches of brick on either side. I'm wondering what you would do in my situation? I believe I can run this stove safely under these conditions, but I'm not sure my insurance company would agree. Also, in the area of clearances, as you can see from the above picture, there's a nice brick backer which is also set off from the drywall by about a quarter inch. And there's at least 36 inches of clearance on either side of the stove. But, as you can see from the next photo, our kitchen island does violate that 36-inch setback by approximately 8 inches. Also: I'm wondering how close to my chimney I can place the stove. I have a little room to move it forward (an inch or two, maybe), but I like where it is positioned right now. It has 7 inches of clearance from the chimney as you can see here (5 inches if you count the distance from the oval collar to the chimney). I guess I could fix this stove up and get my money back (and maybe some more) by advertising it locally. But I'd really like to make this work. What's the general consensus? 1. Expand the brick pad (which is a major PITA requiring removal of the wide pine and installation of a backer board more brick and mortar)? 2. Fix the stove up and sell it, keeping an eye out for a smaller stove at a bargain price (I paid $295 for this beast and I really love it, so it will be hard to part with it.)? 3. Call in an insurance inspector and a chimney sweep to sign off on it or put the kibosh on the whole thing? 4. Hook it up and heat it up and don't worry so much? Your two cents is greatly appreciated. G.