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Thinking of putting in a wood burning stove.

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Nellybell Thu 04-Sep-08 09:36:06

I'm thinking of replacing our open fireplace with a stove. I need to budget for it and work out how much its going to all be before approaching DH who is cautious about money.

I've had a quick look on the internet and know that I will probably need a flue liner and a fitter but for those of you who have had one put in, how much did the stove and all the installation costs come to?

Ripeberry Thu 04-Sep-08 09:47:23

We used to have an open fire like you and we basically had to get a stove that would fit the gap!
We got a villager stove and it cost £450, then we got the flue and the metal plate was made to order from a forge and then there was a lot of grunting and getting totally black, whilst my DH fitted it.
Might be best to get a wood/coal fire as then you have the option of chucking some coal on to keep it going if you go out for a few hours.
But a stove is MUCH nicer than an open fire as you don't have to worry about sparks and there is no wasted heat up the chimney either.
Have fun choosing! smile

Ripeberry Thu 04-Sep-08 09:48:46

Also make sure the chimney is swept first!

captainmummy Thu 04-Sep-08 09:59:23

I had a multi-fule (log/coal) burner put in about 2 years ago - and its the best thing I have ever put in this house. It was invaluable over christmas when the boiler packed up (christmas eve) and I love sitting in front of it getting toasty. Mine is quite minimalist, just a hole in the wall with a log-burner in. And it's green too, we chopped down 2 trees in the garden and will burn them (for free) in a couple of years, when they are properly dry.
Ours was a complete job - knocking out the old tiled fireplace, fitting a flue and cap to the top of the chimney stack, but the fitter did the lot, for about £2000.

And it helped that the fitter was totally gorgeous!.blush

captainmummy Thu 04-Sep-08 09:59:56

*fuel blush not fule!

throckenholt Thu 04-Sep-08 10:02:19

our flue and fitting cost in the region of 1000-1500 I think. I am pretty sure you need a certificate for it - so has to be done by a qualified person.

Stove up to 500.

Much better at heating the house than an open fire - but probably not enough to do it on cost grounds alone.

Nellybell Thu 04-Sep-08 10:15:23

I was thinking about £1500 for the stove, liner and fitting all in.

We have a couple of showrooms round here (e yorks) so will take DH at weekend. We have a toddler who is 2 and is pretty good around hot things so think he will be ok but also have a baby on way (due jan) so will be at home during long winter months on maternity. Is it a good idea to get a wood burner with little ones around? We would get one of those kid proof fireguards too.

throckenholt Thu 04-Sep-08 13:56:32

I would get a guard if you have a toddler and a baby - the outside of the stove can get very hot - but being black it doesn't look hot.

Ripeberry Thu 04-Sep-08 14:08:26

We've got a guard around ours, to stop the kids and the cats from getting too close!

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