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Wood Burning Stove Installation Costs & Prices 2022

Wood-burning stoves are a great feature for those dark winters where you just want to cosy up around the fire.

But how much are you willing to pay for that idyllic scenario? You may be able to find the cost of the stoves themselves online, but many contractors don’t show their actual installation costs until they’ve seen your space.

This article will cover the the costs and prices you can expect to pay if you want to install a wood-burning or log-burning stove in the UK, factors that affect the cost and other common questions around installing wood burning stoves.

Average Wood-Burning Stove Installation Costs

We received quotes from 23 different suppliers across the country. The prices given below are to both supply good quality wood-burning stove and the works typically associated with installing one within a home.

(This usually includes adding items like a new hearth, a new flue lining or opening the fireplace up. If you don’t understand these terms, don’t worry, we’ll cover them shortly).

DescriptionCost
Average2396
Typical Range£1800 - £3000
Cheapest - Most Expensive£1375 - £3300

These are the average installation costs without a stove. Wood and log burning stoves start from £500, so to get a total price, add your stove cost onto the total installation cost.

Description (Installation Only)Cost
Average£1125
Typical Range£750 - £1300
Cheapest - Most Expensive£400 - £1500

This installation cost is made up of the following works:

Description of WorkCost
Flue liner£300 - £550
Remove existing fireplace and open up fireplace to builders opening£45.00
Make opening wider if necessary£90
Supply and fit lintel at new height£60
Supply and lay limestone herth£150 - £300
Render inside opening and plaster face £280
Supply and fit Oak Beam/Shelf (48" x 6" x 3")£200
Rubbish Removal£25

An Ecodesign ready stove is our recommendation as this means it is very clean burning and will meet currently proposed emission requirements for 2022.

Other Factors That Affect the Cost of Installing Wood Burning Stoves

Type of Flue Liner Needed

The flue liner required is one of the biggest cost differences. It is the barrier inside a chimney that protects the chimney and chimney walls from heat, corrosion and products of combustion.

The flue liner a contractor recommends is dependent on whether you have a chimney and the quality it’s in.

If your property has a chimney, a flexible metal flue liner can be dropped down the chimney and connected to the stove. If there is no chimney, a chimney needs to be created with a twin wall flue system, which increases the cost.

However, your chimney may be blocked or the opening not big enough. If this is the case, then a chamber will need to be opened to house a stove along with lining a blocked chimney. If the chimney already has an open chamber big enough, this will be cheaper.

The two main types of flue liners are grade 316 liners and grade 904 liners. The 316 liner is commonly used for domestic wood-burning stoves.

The 904 is a higher grade liner, meaning that it is thicker and more resilient than the 316. This makes it more commonly used for multifuel appliances, smokeless fuels and boiler stoves.

If you need a 904 liner, expect to pay roughly extra £130.

Homes built before 1965 tend to have a standard, brick-built chimney. The likelihood is most people will need a liner.

Stove Quality

Prices vary wildly depending on the design and quality of the stove you buy. Prices start from about £500 but can go up to £3,000+.

Generally, products that have been manufactured in the UK or Europe will tend to be slightly more expensive than Chinese products.

Location & Company Size

Prices in the south of the country are generally more expensive than in the north. In London and surrounding areas, expect to pay an extra £200 – £300 for the extra labour costs.

One-man or small traders will usually charge less. Expect to pay a couple of hundred pounds extra for a larger firm with overheads.

Access Required

If any installation work above 2m height needs to be conducted, then scaffolding will be required.

Can you Install a Wood Burning Stove Without an Existing Chimney?

It can definitely help to have an existing chimney and chimney cowl, but it isn’t necessary. However, it’s a common misconception that a wood burning stove needs to have an existing chimney and chimney cowl to be installed.

A majority of homeowners who own a wood burning stove don’t have an existing chimney or chimney cowl at all, especially since chimneys are less common in houses built after the 1950’s

That said, you do still need some ventilation from your wood burning stove otherwise it would be too dangerous to have inside. 

The solution to this is called a twin wall flue system – a stainless steel flue system that ventilates hot air out of the house to prevent heat build up.

What is a Twin Wall Flue System?

A twin wall flue system is a series of pipes made from stainless steel, which when connected together act as a ventilation outlet for hot air coming from a heat source.

They are similar to a chimney in many ways, but they also have a couple of key differences. Firstly, there are two types of twin wall flue system:

External

A flue system that is constructed in such a way that the piping leads directly to the outside of your house from the heat source. Depending on the layout of your stove and walls, this is usually easier to install than an internal system.

Internal

Instead of going directly outside, the system is connected together in such a way that it runs through the house and out through the roof.

Compared to an external system, an internal system ensures efficient air flow due to keeping air hot, but it can be more disruptive to install

Secondly, a flue system is usually made up of 3 layers, 2 of which are stainless steel and one which is insulation in the middle.

This keeps air warm inside without causing heat damage to the external surface, resulting in efficient airflow out into the atmosphere and subsequently a cleaner burn.

What is the Process For Installing a Wood Burning Stove With No Chimney?

Before installation, a twin wall flue system comes in various parts that have to be fitted together and secured correctly.

These parts are usually around 6/7 inches in diameter and have to be installed with a suitable liner.

Unfortunately, this is not a DIY job, you’ll need a registered HETAS engineer to come and install the flue and wood burning stove for you.

You will need to purchase a grade 316 liner if you plan to primarily burn wood, and a grade 904 if you plan to burn coal

An engineer will begin installation by evaluating whether an external or internal route is better, depending on nearby combustible materials and legal restrictions regarding chimney height.

The walls are then stripped back and the flue system is installed with the appropriate liner. Once the flue system is installed, it is secured to the wood burning stove, which has to be laid on a hearth. 

All these factors need to be accounted for when considering installing a wood burning stove with no existing chimney – they will need to be purchased and ready for the engineer before installation. 

Can You Install a Wood Burning Stove into an Existing Fireplace?

If your house has an old fireplace in, it’s more than possible to install a wood burning stove into its space.

However, there are some requirements to installing a wood burning stove onto an existing fireplace that you need to be aware of prior.

The main requirement is that if the fireplace has an existing chimney, it must be a type 1 chimney. This is explained more below.

Requirements for Installing a Wood Burning Stove into an Existing Fireplace

It’s always a good idea to check with a HETAS approved engineer that it’s safe to do so before purchasing any materials. 

Existing chimney

If your fireplace has an existing chimney included, it needs to be a type 1 chimney.

Most common fireplaces found in the majority of homes are type 1, but some gas fireplaces use type 2 – so get this checked. If your fireplace has no existing chimney, you can install a twin flue system instead.

Flue diameter

Consider the flue diameter of the fireplace.

If the flue diameter is not appropriate for the flue liner and stove you use, it will not work. As a general rule, most stoves need a 150mm (6 inch) flue diameter for efficient air flow.

The only exception is if your stove is DEFRA exempt or if you’re only burning ‘smokeless’ fuel.

Fireplace Condition

If there are any cracks or flaking in your fireplace, this will affect the safety and air flow of your wood burning stove. These will need to be safely sealed beforehand.

Fireplace Positioning

The stove will produce a high heat output when installed into your fireplace, so if your fireplace is positioned near any combustible materials, this is not safe.

Hearth

Many fireplaces have a built in hearth, but if not, you will need to purchase one suitable for stove use. A hearth suitable for stove use will not be combustible and should be at least 84cm x 84cm in area.

Furthermore,  it will be 15cm each side from the stove, at least 12mm thick.

It’s important to note that if you have no existing chimney or chimney cowl, the flue system you purchase must be the right diameter and compatible with the stove of your choice.

Are Wood Burning Stoves Safe?

When they’re installed properly, wood burning stoves are perfectly safe.

A HETAS qualified engineer will need to install it for you, and they will make sure it’s suitable to install in your home as well as install it safely. If you have no existing chimney or chimney cowl, then a twin wall flue system will be just as safe.

If you are to install your stove in an existing fireplace, the engineer will only install it as long as it follows the suitable requirements. 

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About the Author

Alex Johnson is a qualified quantity surveyor and writer with a passion for conducting original research and uncovering the true cost of jobs. His cost data has been referenced by EDF Energy and the Scottish Government.