Hello all, I'm very new to hearth.com, but this site seems to be the place to go for wood stove questions! I purchased a wood stove off of craigslist a few years back, and am looking to install it in my cabin. I have been reading a lot about hearth building, but wanted to check in here before I put it together, so I can make sure what I am doing is safe. First and foremost, I can't identify the stove I have, but the one post I found containing a similar stove identified it as a 'Tucker' wood stove. It has 'Allagash' stamped on the front. Here is an image of what the stove looks like: Anyway, this is my current plan. I would like to build a heat shield out of brick, 1" off the wall, with a 1" air gap at the bottom. This should allow my clearance to be 12" off the wall with the stove. I plan to use ceramic spacers and concrete backer board, and affix my bricks to that. In order to support the bricks, I plan to use small 1" squares of brick or stone underneath the brick joints to support it, but only under the joints so as not to restrict that airflow.. I have less confidence in the hearth pad. Right now, my plan is to use four sheets of 1/2" cement backer board (Durock from Lowes), and top that with brick. It looks like that gives me at least (4*0.2R) + (1*0.4R) = 1.2R. I tried to be conservative with the R values, I know some backer board has higher than 0.2R. This whole structure would be floating (no screws, as they transfer heat?), on top of the floating laminate flooring. I am hoping someone can let me know if this is sufficient? I am expecting to be told no, as a lot of the rules I found require 4" of masonry with sheet metal on top. I was hoping to have a brick top, as the sheet metal is not the look I wanted to go for. Some posts I found, people were sandwiching sheet metal between the backer board, but I'm not sure how that works. Is the purpose of the metal to reflect the heat? Can it still reflect heat when it is enclosed in backer board?