You need a reasonably sized hearth to sit the wood burner on. There needs to be at least 225mm of clearance from the front of the stove to the edge of the hearth. The hearth needs to be higher than the surrounding floor or clearly marked by a perimeter such as a rail. Hearths can be made of many materials such as slate, stone, granite, brick or tempered glass. We make slate hearths in-house and can provide samples on request.