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Wood Burning Stove Installation Costs & Prices 2023

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).

Typical Range£1960 - £3300
Cheapest - Most Expensive£1500 - £3700

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
Typical Range£825 - £1430
Cheapest - Most Expensive£440 - £1650

This installation cost is made up of the following works:

Description of WorkCost
Flue liner£330 - £580
Remove existing fireplace and open up fireplace to builders opening£50
Make opening wider if necessary£100
Supply and fit lintel at new height£65
Supply and lay limestone herth£165 - £330
Render inside opening and plaster face £300
Supply and fit Oak Beam/Shelf (48" x 6" x 3")£220
Rubbish Removal£30

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

Factors That Affect the Cost

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 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.

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We’ve done our best to give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay for a wood-burning stove installation.

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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.