Thanks for the info. Emailed Hitzer and they confirmed that what I want to do is more than enough. Said that "any UL listed stove board" would be sufficient. Most likely going to finish out this season with a piece of junk pellet stove we inherited. Ive burnt coal in the past. A hand fed Franco Belge many years ago, what a monster! and more recently a Reading Stoker. Looking to go back to a hand fed. No electricity to use. No electrical parts to break and best of all, no noise in the living area. Biggest problem is finding coal in this area. Upper valley/Grafton NH. Can get bagged for 6.99 a bag, but hoping to find some, preferably loose/bulk, at a cheaper price. We currently have the house on the market, and if/when we sell it we might be moving to Pittsfield MA area. Coal should be more available in that area I would think.