I could have lit one last night too, had a touch of frost this morning but I wasn't prepared. I'm going to bring dome wood in tonight in case we have another cold one. Funny how we're dying to light the first fire and can't wait to light the last one.
Hi Phil, Im a neighbor in Mass. I'm heating 2800sf with the Progress Hybrid, the Ideal Steel would also work, if I had room for a big free stander I'd look at the Blaze King King. The new hearthstones intrigue me too. Lotsa choices for you.
I liked your idea of fastening them to 2 bys, I would then make a rack with 8 foot or if three pallets 12 foot 2bys and tie it all together, solid and you could cover easy, maybe even make a permanent cover for winter.