Average cost of wood burner installation?

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Hyperfish101 Sun 06-Sep-20 21:24:01

We need an old fireplace removed, the gap made good, the stove installed. Anyone done this? Is it expensive? Messy?

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HasaDigaEebowai Sun 06-Sep-20 21:27:30

my quote was about £4k but it depends on what sort of burner you go for

JellyBellies Sun 06-Sep-20 21:28:18

We had a gas fireplace removed and are getting a cassette wood burner added into the same location. Should get a quote by tomorrow!

PragmaticWench Sun 06-Sep-20 21:29:48

Do you need a chimney liner adding? That adds to the cost.

Hyperfish101 Sun 06-Sep-20 21:35:00

Yes to chimney liner. 4 grand is more than I thought. We’re in the North if that helps.

I don’t want gas. Wood burner only.

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Theteapotsbrokenspout Sun 06-Sep-20 21:36:19

We paid around £4K. Empty fire place but it needed a lot of making good and wall plastered, also new liner for the chimney. And, yes, it does depend on which woodburner you choose.
Quite messy but all contained in one room and the guy cleaned up thoroughly as he went.

Maryann1975 Sun 06-Sep-20 21:38:19

Ours was about £2500 4 years ago. The log burner company didn’t take out the old gas fire though, we had to get a gas man to do that, then the plasterer came in and made the hole right, then the stove was added (I think it was that order. So that would have increased the cost a bit.

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hipityhipityhop Sun 06-Sep-20 21:38:35

Think ours was about £5k but we had a really good one installed and new liner dropped down. Oh and the surround was on the pricier side too. It was very messy but they cleaned it up.

AnnaMagnani Sun 06-Sep-20 21:39:11

Yes, definitely a few extra K for the chimney liner, worse if you need scaffolding for access.

Birdladybird Sun 06-Sep-20 21:43:35

We’ve just had a quote for one installing in France. I know probably not relavent but it’s €2550 for a new burner (good brand) with the glue liner and chimney cap. Also includes all the panelling to ‘close’ off the fireplace around the flue. Nothing to remove in ours though as we have an open first currently.

outwest Sun 06-Sep-20 21:44:10

Key issue is layout and internal state of chimney. Older flue might need widening, repair or re-lining / re-parging (really don't want exhaust gases escaping through wall of chimney into house). Member of family had this done for chimney of open fire few years ago, seem to remember bill for that alone was around £1,200.

Then there is cost of stove (maybe £800 for 4kW, but more for larger) and HETAS installation, probably same again. Then in your case work to remove fire and make good surround, add plinth for stove, etc.

Close friend had 5kW woodburner with new flue in new build (i.e. straightforward job) installed for around £2,500 six years ago.

So all in all for you would think £2-3K is likely, but all jobs are bit different. Must be looked at carefully by professional with good track record.

Hyperfish101 Sun 06-Sep-20 21:44:30

Ugh. Think it’s too pricey. We don’t really need one tbh. It’s a small room but has a horrid fireplace that needs to come out. No idea what to replace it with. It’s a thirties semi but don’t fancy 30s Repro And Victorian style will not go. Don’t fancy a totally blocked up hearth either.

Any ideas??????

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Tigger03 Sun 06-Sep-20 21:44:42

We got this done recently (NW) and paid about £3k. That was installing chimney liner but we didn’t need an old fireplace removing. Quotes ranged from £3k to £4.5k

AnnaMagnani Sun 06-Sep-20 22:11:50

I'll be honest, we only did ours because it's a big room with minimal other heating so v little other option.

Otherwise could have done without the expense and the woodburner is a PITA. Lovely to look at but a faff.

If you don't need it for the heat then rip out fireplace, close up with gap for vase/pot/ornament/twiggy shit?

Hyperfish101 Sun 06-Sep-20 22:20:43

Yes might think about the twiggy shit option....😆😆😆 would work out cheaper!

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Fluandseptember Sun 06-Sep-20 22:31:28

honestly if you don't need it for heat then don't do it - it's expensive, bad for your health, bad for your neighbours, and bad for the planet.

I wish we had a gas fire in our living room (we have a grate, which we don't use). In the kitchen we have a mantelpiece and then just a hole - which I like. Slate hearth. We stuck the kids' toy kitchen in there for a while.

mumsy27 Sun 06-Sep-20 23:12:49

See if this help

mumsy27 Sun 06-Sep-20 23:17:18

You can see the slate around and the floor.

Hyperfish101 Sun 06-Sep-20 23:17:19

Thank you!

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RestorationInsanity Mon 07-Sep-20 11:51:18

Depending on budget, have a look at the new Everhot electric fire (looks like a mini stove and can actually be used as one. Very attractive and looks like a mini range cooker so would sit well instead of a woodburner. Price is about £1000, comes in a range of colours and as it plugs into a normal socket you could always use it elsewhere as needed in future. everhot.co.uk/Everhot-Electric-Stove.aspx

RatherBeRiding Mon 07-Sep-20 11:56:08

I've just had one installed. Cost of removing old gas fire £50. Cost of wood burner (DEFRA approved) £450. Cost of installation £1600 including all kit, oak mantle, bricks for surround, solid stone hearth and making good. I'm in the north.

jolokoy Mon 07-Sep-20 11:57:26

I paid £1600 in Yorkshire a couple of years ago. I got the burner off eBay for £500 and then paid £1200 to do the chimney, brickwork, plastering and decorating. I already had tradesmen who could do each part and doing it that way is cheaper if you've got the contacts than an all in service.

You can save on the burner and the decorating. The chimney, brickwork, and plastering has to be paid out on.

Reedwarbler Mon 07-Sep-20 12:00:34

You could probably buy a second hand stove. We have just has one replaced and will be selling the old one on e bay I expect. Stoves vary so much in price. Our new one was around £900, but the one I really wanted was nearly 2k, so far too much.
As for something for your fireplace, have you looked at the electric stoves with flame effect? Some of them are very realistic and they don't cost much. Plug it in and away you go.

Bluntness100 Mon 07-Sep-20 12:09:35

Generally I think you’re looking at about two grand min, ours was also four grand but it’s a big burner at 11kw as large room and a three storey house. The size of the burner Required depends on the size of the room.

Make sure you use a hetas engineer (Building regs need to be informed) and get some quotes, you need to do it properly as you don’t want to negate your insurance.

Hyperfish101 Mon 07-Sep-20 15:13:06

I’m starting to think I might just get the fireplace removed, leave the hole (finished off) and Put an electric stove in there.

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