Well seems like we move every 2 years. We have done it again. Previous homes have been pretty straight forward when fixing previous owners bad installs. All I needed was a new hearth pad in one, and in the other I needed to rebuild stove and put in new gaskets. This new house has me a little baffled. Not sure how to proceed. I will show some pics and hope the knowledgeable members of this group can give me some advice. The home is a saltbox with large central chimney. Fire place in living room and master bedroom above. As you can see from pictures the current owner has carpet right up to the lip of each Fire place. That will be fixed to proper clearances. My Big problem is the wood stove insert in the living room. and the positioning of the whole thing. The Stove is called an All Nighter and looks like it has been there since the late 70's. I don't think they have burned more than 2 fires in it since install. It is in perfect condition. I would love to keep it but probably not reasonable due to clearances. It is only about 14 inches from stair case I 'm not sure if I can have a wood stove there at all or if I can put some kind of heat shield up. Any Ideas???