Hi, all - my chimney mason and sweep gave my 1897 chimneys the ok for burning (if only it would get cold enough for my antique coal burner!) Just needed a little repointing. I have a fireplace mantel, hole, and firebox in the living room that, believe it or not, has never been used. It was blocked up with the original plaster for who knows what reason. Mason says the box is ok, but since the flue and all are so old, I'm going to have the chimneys lined that aren't already. Here's the question. I'd like to have a small woodstove in that living room as opposed to just a fireplace (I have lots of hardwood to burn), but the marble tile hearth extends only 20" from the mantel. It's hard for me to imagine a stove taking up so little room. And at the same time, I don't want anything mucking up my 115 year old oak floors. Think I'm trying to have it both ways, or does anyone have any unique suggestions? As an FYI, the house is 2300 sq ft, with oil-fired hot water baseboard heat. There is the coal stove I've posted about before in one room, and the fireplace in the opposite room, along with another fireplace upstairs. Point is, this does not need to be a big-mama stove in terms of heat production, but the less I need to run the oil heat, the better - as if I needed to say that here. Thanks again for your help.