Hi folks, I've been "lurking" here for a while and have picked up quite a few tips that will help me on a coming install of a VC resolute acclaim that I just picked up. Thanks for all the good info! The stove I have does not have the optional heat shields (rear or bottom), so I want to fabricate protection for the wall (to cut clearances) and need to do something for the hearth (since I'm on wood subfloor). I want a raised hearth, so I'm thinking of doing 2x6 framing with 5/8 sheathing on top. Then 2" cement board strips doubled up to give me spacers for a 1" air gap, two 1/2" cement boards on top of that & then either thin brick or ceramic tile mortared in. I have a couple questions before I go put in for my permit: 1. I've seen references to using 22 - 24 gauge sheet metal when the hearth material is loose. Since I'm going to mortar the top layer in, I'm thinking I don't need this. Any reason for me to want to add a layer of sheet metal for the hearth? 2. For the wall, I'm spacing out two sheets of 1/2" cement board 1" from the wall & then the same brick or tile facade used for the hearth. I would like to seal up the sides (vertical), but leave the top & bottom open for ventilation. Since I'm going to have ventilation under my hearth, could I use that to "feed" the airspace for the wall? In other words, the top of the wall protection will be open, and the bottom will run flush to the hearth - the airflow will start at the front of the hearth, proceed under the hearth, and then up the wall. I'm just thinking aesthetics and trying to conceal the 1" air gap at the bottom of the wall protection and of course, stay safe. This would also give some vertical support to the wall protection, since it would be resting directly on the hearth. Has anyone an install similar to this (or thoughts as to good/bad idea)? Thanks in advance for any advice/feedback!