Do I need protection for the floor underneath and around the stove?
Yes. Floor protection is required for any wood stove. You have several choices that are both effective in protecting combustibles – and very decorative. Stone, brick or tile are a few of the most popular choices. However, review your Owner’s Guide regarding hearth dimension requirements for each stove model. Also, remember that any combustibles beneath the decorative hearth material must be protected from the heat as well; in many cases, a bottom heat shield may be required.