Not a lot of action here during these warm spells, aye? My Surdiac is waiting for some action, but these 75* New England days don't seem to warrant it. So I was curious. What to do with a 4x7' area consisting of a 6" raised hearth covered in slate, a veneered brick wall behind it, and my surdiac stove in the middle of it. My stove will only see duty approx. 4 months out of the year. Anyone have any ingenious ideas of how to utilize this space the rest of the time? I was thinking of making some type of decorative wooden box around it, (over it), and maybe using it as an eating table(?) It's just off the living room in a foyer. Kinda stretching it a bit I guess, but this is my 1st yr with it, and I'm wondering about maybe double dutying the spot. Any innovators out there?