We have a Fireview, side loading, on a 13" high raised hearth. The stove sits about 2" from the edge of said hearth, so in theory (according to Woodstock) we exceed the 9" (or is it 10"?) clearance from the front of the stove to the wood floor below. It's a side loader, and has about 5 feet of slate hearth to the side, also raised. Last Summer my husband and I noticed a couple of tiny burn marks on the wood floor in front of the stove. We questioned whether these could possibly have come from the stove, or perhaps they were from the fireplace, maybe even the previous owners as we just bought the house last winter. We agreed to keep an eye on it. A couple of weeks ago, I remembered (!) this conversation and took a look at the floor in front of the stove. Sure enough, there are probably a dozen or more tiny burn marks on the floor. I questioned my husband (cause I'm a creep, lol) and asked if he'd ever noticed dropping any embers or even maybe a split that didn't quite fit, on the wood floor. He said no. The couple of glowing embers I've encountered when shoveling ash etc. make me so crazy that I even keep a wet towel with me and wet-wipe the slate. So basically we are having these tiny barely-burning embers - evidence is clear - without either of us even noticing it, and they are landing from about the center front to the loading door side of the stove - not even just in front of the door itself. I suspect their location has something to do with the air flow in the room (the outside door to the house is on the loading door side of the room). I went out and bought a hearth extender pad that's now living up against the edge of the hearth on the wood floor below. I can sleep again now. Just wanted to put this out there, look carefully, very carefully, at your nearby combustibles, even if you meet/exceed the recommended clearances. And for anyone who thinks they don't need to meet front clearances with a side loading stove, think again. My stove board is ugly but it's better than burning the room down.