Should I remove the tiles and go with painted sheet metal? I am not sure which is best... I am told the tile will retain heat, perhaps providing a more gentle heat flow.
Tile or all metal? I need to heat a portion of my house?
I would fire the stove with the tiles and record ambient temps at different locations in the house and then do the same without the tiles and then go with your best results. I have a feeling with the tiles it will allow you to sit closer to the stove and with time the radiant heat will heat the furthest places similar in both cases.