Looking for help/input on a hearth renovation. My wife and I are planning on replacing the wood paneling that surrounds our insert with stacked stone. The paneling exceeds (barely) the maximum facing thickness requirements in some places (the thickness varies a little). The requirement is that it protrude less than 075". It is as thick as 0.875". For now, I am shielding the wood where it exceeds the facing requirement with some leftover liner insulation. I have monitored the wood temp with an IR gun, and it seems to stay below 130 (usually well below). However, I want to get my installation up to code. Also, my wife and I really like the stacked stone look. I have a hearth extender in front of the stone hearth. I would like to tear out the current stone hearth and replace with one of adequate dimensions. I am looking for recommendations on stacked stone, as well as general advice on this project. I haven't done anything like this before... but the youtube videos make it look so easy Is it really as easy as the videos make it seem? For those of you who have done a project like this, what stone did you use? Are you happy with how it turned out? Is there anything you would do differently the second time around? If you have a picture of your hearth ready, I'd love to see it!