Just wanted to start a thread on our stove install. We are installing a Hearthstone Manchester model 8362. This will be a from scratch install, we will be working with a local installer to install the flue and the stove itself. Going to order block, ties, and decking for the hearth pad this week. I will get photos of the room tonight and post them tomorrow. We are building this as time and budget allows. I look forward to sharing this build with everyone on the site. The manual for the stove only calls for ember protection. We will put the decking on and do a 2 or 3" reinforced concrete pad with embedded stone, the face of the block will either be dry stack stone or natural sand field stone. This will continue up the wall to the ceiling(7 ft) This will give us a 32" clearance to the ceiling. This will be a secondary heat source for our home. If anyone has any questions or advice please ask or post them, I will be working with my dad on the masonry he use to lay block back in the day. We wanted the hearth pad to provide warm sitting for the chilly winter months along Lake Erie hence the two course block height.