shoman70 wrote:wow another 18 inches up front. that seems like alot, considering pre 1950's alot of coal stoves didnt have a hearth, just on wood floors.
The 18 inches, sometimes 16 inches is to provide a safety zone in case any hot coals fall out. Usually the old stoves were set on a thin steel plate at least or in a bed of sand or gravel held in place by a wood frame. Because they were vertical the foot print was usually only 24 inches for a big stove.
With the new stoves the clearance and hearth dimensions are set up in a UL testing lab where safe distances are arrived at when firing the stove very hard. Not many will run the stove that hard. Local inspectors in general want you to follow those recommendations if you intend to get it inspected, otherwise you can do as you deem fit. You could just put it on the existing hearth but I would then put one of those small fire resistant rugs in front of it. Depends on your degree of concern and whether an inspector will examine it. I think the stove you want is hopper fed so not much chance of hot coal tumbling out because the front door will be closed.
The need for a baro or manual damper is much less when a stove has a thermostat to control intake air. I would not hesitate to use it without one.