How much does it cost to install a wood burner?
When thinking about investing in a wood burner, one question is often key; how much does it cost to install one? There is actually no one definitive answer to this question - the cost of installing a wood-burning stove will vary depending on several factors, including the size and type of stove, the availability of a suitable chimney or flue, and the level of labour involved in the installation. However, we can provide a rough guide to the costs involved.
The cost of the stove itself will be one of the main factors in determining overall installation costs. Wood burning stoves range in price depending on what you are looking for and many lie between the £300 to £600 mark but have a look at our range of wood burners for further ideas on pricing!
If you don't have a suitable chimney or flue in place, you will need to factor in the cost of installing one. This can be done by building a chimney from scratch, although this will be an expensive process. It is much easier to install a prefabricated flue that runs up the exterior of your property and into your chimney. You can expect to pay between £500 and £1,000 for this type of installation.
Fireplace and hearth fitting
The next step in installing a wood burner is to fit the fireplace and hearth (if necessary). Again, this isn't usually too costly if you're having a new fireplace built anyway; however, we would generally recommend getting rid of existing fireplaces as they are not efficient heating appliances! A simple replacement with steel or slate/wood surrounds should cost around £200-£300. If you want to keep your old fireplace, it is possible to install a wood burner insert for between £200 and £500.
Ongoing maintenance and fuel costs
Once the stove is installed, you will need to factor in the cost of ongoing maintenance, including chimney sweeping. Chimney sweeping costs around £30-£50 per visit, although this may be more if your chimney is particularly dirty. You should also budget for the cost of fuel; wood-burning stoves burn a variety of woods, so the cost will vary depending on the type of wood you use. However, generally, you can expect to pay around £60-£100 per year for fuel.
So, what's the bottom line? In total, you can expect to pay between £1,000 and £2,500 to install a wood-burning stove, depending on the size and type of stove, the availability of a suitable chimney or flue, and any additional work that may be required (such as fitting a fireplace and hearth). However, this is a one-off cost - once the stove is installed, you will only need to budget for the cost of ongoing maintenance and fuel. And of course, you'll be enjoying the heat and ambience of a wood-burning stove all winter long!
If you need any further advice on the cost and processes involved in installing a wood burner – get in touch! Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 01226 816 051!
- Stovesupermarket Admin