How much does it cost to install a wood burning stove?

A common question asked in our showroom is the cost to install a wood burning stove from start to finish.

We have visited a lot of the local areas pricing up jobs over the years and can offer a fair bit of initial advice and ball park figures relating to this question. A powerful tool we use in the showroom is street view to assess roof access and style of property and Rightmove if the property has recently been purchased to assess the style of chimney and the work involved from the sale photos.

Ultimately though the only way to offer a fixed price quotation on the work is to visit the property in person to assess the fireplace & measure up. Fireplaces can be modified over the years with various different fires being installed. On rare occasions you uncover things on a survey which would affect the outcome of an installation. Live gas & water pipes from old back boilers are common finds and easily sorted. We have come across asbestos linings, chimneys being removed, floor joists and steels entering chimneys to name a few issues. Some of which are not easily overcome.

Providing the installation is fairly standard the approximate costs to install a wood burning stove & methods of pricing can be found below.

Where you have an existing fireplace and class 1 chimney flue

  • – Access is the first thing that we assess on survey. How are we safely going to get up to the top of the chimney to fit the flue liner. Ideally, we need to have the top of the chimney stack at waist height to feed our liner down. Should access be an issue allow between £200 – £600 for a cherry picker or scaffolding to provide safe access.
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  • Gas & Electricity. – Once we have entered the property to look at the existing fireplace, we will assess the current chimney setup. Is there a gas fire now? in which case a Gas Safe engineer will need to be booked in to cap the gas feed. Likewise, sometimes we find plug sockets or fused spurs for electric fires. Allow £70 for either gas or electricity decommission.
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  • Is the opening in place ready to go? – A fireplace recess within a chimney has a specific set of requirements to meet building regulations document J. Hearth sizes, opening widths & height, combustible materials & fireplace linings. Providing this is all correct allow approximately £800 – £1000 for a flue liner supplied, fitted & HETAS certification.
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  • Do you need us to do the opening? – For us to create a fireplace opening, structurally support the chimney with a new lintel, board out with suitable fireboard, make good the plaster, lay the hearth (not including the hearth), fit the flue liner and installation components with HETAS certification. Budget approximately £1,300 – £1,600.
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  • Hearths – Hearths range from approximately £120 – £450 depending on material etc.
  • Stoves – The stove being the most important aspect of the installation and one that you as the customer will enjoy. Budget £700+ for a good quality wood burning stove.
  • Rubbish Removal – If you would like us to remove all rubbish & rubble from your fireplace and left-over materials budget approximately £100 for that.

Where you do not have an existing fireplace or class 1 chimney flue

Free standing or false chimney? – Where no chimney is present the first thing to decide is would you like a modern free standing stove that stands alone like a piece of furniture or a false  chimney building to house the wood burner in a fireplace.

Free Standing

  • Hearths – Hearths set off a free standing installation with various shapes and edges. We recommend our range of bespoke slate hearths. Budget approximately £200 – £400 for a nice piece of slate with a curved / shaped edge
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  • Stove – Free standing stoves are designed differently to a stove to go into a fireplace recess. Often with convection panels lowering the distance to combustible area allowing the stove to be placed against plastered walls and other items of furniture. Budget approximately £1,100 – £2,000 for a good quality free standing stove.
  • Fitting – We use powder coated black flue systems made locally by Midtherm in Dudley. Budget approximately £1,500 – £2,000 for a single story flue system supplied & fitted and £2,000 – £2,800 for a two story flue system supplied & fitted.

False Chimney Build

  • Chimney Build – Chimney builds are entirely bespoke and can be designed to suit your specification. However, a good starting point is our standard blockwork chimney build which is approximately 1400mm wide x 450mm deep. This is fairly close to a standard chimney breast and provides a proportionate opening. You can see this exact size and specification in our showroom.
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  • Build costs – Allow approximately £1,000 for a false chimney build and plastering
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  • Fitting – We use powder coated black flue systems made locally by Midtherm in Dudley. Budget approximately £1,500 – £2,000 for a single story flue system supplied & fitted and £2,000 – £2,800 for a two story flue system supplied & fitted.
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  • Hearths – Hearths range from approximately £120 – £450 depending on material etc.
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  • Stoves – The stove being the most important aspect of the installation and one that you as the customer will enjoy. Budget £700+ for a good quality wood burning stove.

 

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