To start with - what kind do you like? Will be used to heat mainly living room...we liked the size of the Jotul and the look of the QuadraFire 2100. (SMALL stove) For underneath the stove (the "pan") - I wondered if I had to use something like slate or river rock, or could I just put plain old tile under there, i.e., bathroom floor tile, or the 12" kitchen/flooring tile? In other words CERAMIC tILE? Any special grout or mortar you have to use? Better to build a pedestal to sit on or just have it flat on the floor? Stove is located on the "middle" floor of a "three story" house (two stories and daylight basement). Does a pipe going straight through the roof require a chase? I'm sure I have more but baby is makin' a mess. Oh yeah there's some kind of gate you can put around it right? Small one is 10 mos old, may have another, hospital is 35 minutes away.