Hello burners, I recently had a mantel/heat shield fabricated to reduce the top clearance on my jotul stove. I have a question I hope some people may help me with. Does the mantel shield attach to the brick hearth itself? or with 1" ceramic spacers to the mantel and trim only? Attaching the shield to the brick itself will seal off the bottom and leave three sides open, attaching the shield to the mantel will leave all sides open. Which installation is correct? If your installation required a mantel shield, how is yours set up? The dealer just basically handed me the shield and said your on your own! I am finally nearing the home stretch of this long arduous journey, can somebody help me out? I hope my explanation was not too garbled. Thanks a million. Andrew I also plan on painting the shield, is stove paint a good choice? The dealer thought so, but they are always shoving me out the door.