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Before investing in a new heating option for your home, it’s important to consider the true cost of the installation. It can be a bit difficult to know how much it costs to install a wood stove.
A wood burning stove can be a great budget alternative to a typical heater, but there are a range of things that can have a huge impact on the cost of installing a wood burning stove. There are a number of factors to consider, including the type of fireplace you have, the style of stove or woodstove you are considering buying, and who will be installing it.
“Installation is a complicated process and can vary widely from property to property, which means costs can vary widely,” says Vicky Naylor, General Manager at ACR Stoves.
The cost of installing a wood burning stove
This budget guide aims to reveal the different types of expenses you may face when considering the cost of installing a wood stove.
A flue is a flexible tube that is connected to your stove. It runs the full length of the chimney, carrying the fumes up your flue instead of releasing them back into your chimney cavity. “The long tube creates a natural draft that draws smoke from the stove’s combustion chamber into the outside atmosphere. If you don’t have a flue, the stove will not operate efficiently. Smoke could escape from the stove and enter the room where it is installed, filling it with smoke,” says Vicky Naylor.
If you already have a chimney, have it inspected and tested by a competent and qualified engineer, such as a HETAS engineer, before installing a new stove. They will be able to check for any leaks or blockages. They will also be able to indicate whether or not the chimney is already lined and, if so, whether the lining is in good enough condition to be used.
“Sometimes it’s cheaper to put a new liner in the chimney than to test an existing one. You will also benefit from a new guarantee on the flue”, adds Vicky Naylor.
Approximate cost “The cost will vary depending on the type of liner chosen and if there are a lot of bends in the chimney,” explains Vicky Naylor. “As a guide, expect to pay at least £600 for a class 1 liner.”
The wood stove
There are different kinds…
Freestanding wood stove
If you have a large living space or a generously sized existing fireplace, a freestanding wood stove would be ideal for your home. Keep in mind that they require more space to operate effectively than a wood fireplace insert. Costs vary depending on heat output, material it is made of, style and the fuel it burns – multi-fuel stoves tend to cost a little more than a wood-burning stove as they are come with extras, like a grid.
Price of a pedestal wood stove Between £500 and £5,000.
Installation costs “The cost of your flue connection, new lining and labor from a HETAS Approved Engineer will cost around £2,200,” says Matthew Jenkins of MyJobQuote.
Insert a log burner
Often referred to as a built-in stove, this type is designed to slide into an existing open fireplace or to be installed into a mantel or wall, leaving only the front showing. These look great in modern kitchens. Before installing the stove, you will need to ensure that the masonry of your chimney breast is solid. If you are aiming for a good finish, you may need to tidy up the surround or wall after installation. The materials surrounding the insert must also be non-flammable and, as with a freestanding stove, you will need to hire a qualified HETAS engineer to install it.
Cost of a wood burning stove £700 to £5,000
Installation costs “Installation costs are usually similar to, or even higher than, a freestanding wood burning stove – budget around £2,200,” suggests Matthew Jenkins.
Suspended ceiling/360 degrees
Suspended from the ceiling, this type of wood burning stove creates an eye-catching focal point, whether placed comfortably in a corner or directly in the center of a room. It can also radiate heat in all directions, making it an extremely efficient heat source. “Additional work and expertise is required to safely install ceiling-hung stoves on a secure mounting bracket and route an insulated internal flue through walls and ceilings,” says Matthew Jenkins.
Cost of a wood burning stove suspended from the ceiling £1,500 to £6,000
Installation costs “You are likely to be paying upwards of £4,000 for skilled trades and additional materials, making this the most expensive type of wood stove to install,” says Matthew Jenkins.
Other Factors That Can Affect the Cost of Installing a Wood Stove
Home and Surroundings
The concept of a hearth is to provide a safe material for your wood stove to sit in your chimney. Something that is non-combustible, protects the floor below from the heat of your stove and also protects the surrounding area of your stove from embers that may fall out when you open the stove door. Part J of the Building Regulations, which sets out the rules surrounding the fireplace and its size, can be found on planningportal.
Approximate cost Vicky Naylor Naylor recommends factoring in around £500 upwards including installation.
Your chimney should be swept at least once a year. It is also recommended that a competent and qualified HETAS engineer perform the annual maintenance of your stove.
Approximate cost “Qualified chimney sweeps typically charge between £65 and £85 for this service,” says Mike Coke of Stovax. Vicky Naylor Naylor advises budgeting £90 for a HETAS engineer to service a wood burning stove (excluding parts).