What Are the Costs of Installing a Fireplace or Woodstove?

Price tags vary hugely…

The prices associated with installing a fireplace or woodstove can vary widely depending on the type of home, the materials being used, the level of customization, and much more. Fireplaces themselves can range from as little as several hundred dollars for the least expensive outdoor units or very simple prefabricated fireplaces up to tens of thousands for the most exotic luxury or custom-made masonry heaters. If you are looking at natural gas fireplace inserts, then around $800 is a relatively low price for a very basic unit. The more full-featured models can easily cost $4,000 or more, with an average price range falling between $1,200 and $2,000. Installation for a natural gas fireplace can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,200 depending on the availability of natural gas and electricity in the location where you want the fireplace, as well as a number of other factors. In many homes, these fireplaces can be installed in just a few hours – but if new natural gas fixtures must be installed, or electrical wiring must be added in the wall itself, the cost of installation labor can go up very quickly.

Wood burning fireplaces tend to be less expensive than natural gas or propane on the low end, but much more expensive on the high end. Most masonry fireplaces cost $5,000 or more due to the labor required to install each individual brick or stone within your home. A masonry heater (a very large stone stove) can cost upwards of $20,000 because of the tremendous amount of custom work that is required.

Wood stoves themselves tend to cost in the range of $800 - $3,000. Again, installation can vary from several hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the complexity of installation. Since local building codes tend to require some sort of noncombustible wall and pad behind and beneath the stove, a brick or stone hearth and rear wall may need to be built if you do not already have such a structure in your home. This sort of labor can be both time and cost-intensive, so be sure to have a complete quote from your vendor or installer before committing to purchasing a particular model of woodstove or fireplace.

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