Hi folks, New to the site, I have been reading and reading for several days. My wife and I are working on a little cabin in the mountains and will be making our first "use it" trip soon. It always gets freezing this time of year so we plan on installing a wood burning stove as project #1. Being new to the wood heat crowd I am very pleased to find and join this forum. I have been cooking out back with wood for 20+ years so I have a basic idea of air control, draft etc but in that case the worst you do is burn your dinner! That is all we want to be burning if anything. We did purchase a vogelzang box stove (bx26e) to use for the place since we only visit a few weeks a year and expect it could come up missing one of these years. I have read probably 100 articles on hearth and wall shield ideas and have come up with an idea based on cheap/free materials and would like a sanity check please. New construction walls are not finished Plan to insulate with the pink stuff behind the hearth area Using cement board (hardiebacker) for the wall instead of wood. The rest of the cabin will be painted osb. Will place corrugated roofing tin on 1" spacers over the cement board as a shield. Free so I am not sure of the guage. For the floor protection I am planning the following: directly on the plywood deck 1/2" cement board with a layer of corrugated roof tin (as air gap). Another 1/2" cement board with cement paver stones covering that. Sand would be used to fill in any gaps on top and the stove would set directly on this. Due to the wall shield it is my hope that I can get away with 18" between the stove and the wall instead of 36". The hearth provides 18" of clearance all the way around the stove. Other factors: This is a non-listed stove. It is being installed longwise against the wall with the door to the right instead of sticking straight out like one would imagine. This is to conserve floor space. Any opinion or advice would be greatly appreciated. I am also intersted in affordable log splitting ideas. Thanks y'all!