Owning an old home isn't easy. For the longest time I've been considering installing a wood stove, but just can't seem to confirm the best way to work out the clearances. I'm looking at installing a Jotul Castine in an existion fireplace. The first problem I ran into was that my fireplce trim was all too close to the stove - being an old house with antique paneling I didn;t feel like trimming the wood back. As a second option, i've considered pulling the stove father into the room onto the hearth and away from the fireplace trim - how do I measure the new clearances? Do you measure diagonally back from the stove to the trim? What about above the stove? If the stove is completely in front of the fireplace, is the trim/mantel no longer in play? Also, if i pull the stove out, I'll need to extend my hearth to meet front clearances. I was thinking bluestone. Does anyone have any experience with a bluestone hearth? Sorry, if I left out any details. Just ask.