No, my hearth is only 12" and the decorator would probably object. You know I was reading some forum threads last night about blower fans ( I was laughing like hell with all the responses). But it got me thinking, I have a cast iron stove which is a "radiant" stove. I actually placed it into my fireplace firebox (stove is 15"W x 17"D x 23 1/2"H includes 6" legs). So if I place a blower fan under the stove wouldn't this change the stove to a "convection" status ? One of the things I have noticed is the fireplace firebrick gets very hot from the stove, there is a 4 1/2" clearance from stove to firebrick. Just wondering if the blower fan would circulate that heat out of the fireplace box. I would not go with a high volume blower, maybe 150-200 CFM. Funny thing when I was reading all those threads on blower fans I thought to myself, if you pull an insert outside of a fireplace, shut of the blower fan you have a radiant stove. Make sense ? BTW, I may be able to modify my fireplace firebox by a few inches so the insert would probably fit. The left side of this insert has the blower motor & shaker handle which would provide about 2 1/2" from the insert to the firebrick. While the right side would only provide about 3/4" from the insert to the firebrick, which is a concern if the steel wall of the stove overheats will that cause warping. Anyway that for your help. Kevin.