is it safe to create a 'fireplace' around this wood stove?
We bought a house that has an old woodburning stove. We would like to keep it and use it, but it sits a long way out from the wall in the middle of the family room. Its about 18 inches from the wall to the back of the stove. It sits on a brick hearth. The chimney pipe goes up through the ceiling, thru the attic and out of the roof. Here's a photo:
We would really like to move the stove back to be much closer to the wall, and to build either a brick fireplace around it, or to tile the wall behind and the floor underneath it.
We will be taking off the black heat-proof metal sheet on the wall as we are going to drywall over all of the wood panelling. If we are able to move the stove closer to the wall, will brick or tile on the wall be enough heatproofing?
I have no experience at all with stoves so I don't know whether this a safe thing to do, or whether this is not possible with this type of stove?
Any advice would be much appreciated.