hey bearkiller that answers a lot of questions! But when you say holds the fire well, are you referring to "not heating hour home in the summer" or does it refer to the fire lasting longer? And would a Pioneer Maid heat an 1800 sq.ft 2-story home? I think we've figured out where to put in our house, do you know exactly the clearance from the wall? Could I tile up the wall w/ the same ceramic tile as my floor and that would be "better fire-proof"? And do you think we could install the pipe etc. ourselves or do you suggest getting a professional?