Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Electrical, HVAC & Energy Efficiency > Wood-Burning Fireplace

Wood-Burning Fireplace Cost


How Much Does a Wood-Burning Fireplace Cost?

 
 average costAdding to New Construction or Existing Home: $1,500-$30,000+ 
post E-mail post Post  

Traditional wood-burning fireplaces can offer a relaxed and romantic atmosphere, but generally provide little heat, with efficiency rates of about 15%-25%. In some areas of the country only clean-burning and--Environmental Protection Agency-certified units are allowed in new construction.

Typical costs:

  • Traditional fireplaces built during new construction cost $1,500-$30,000 or more, depending on size, local labor rates, chimney height and selected building materials from a prefabricated lightweight metal firebox, to a brick, stone or granite unit. Masonry fireplaces are labor intensive, built brick by brick or stone by stone from the ground up. Because the weight of a fireplace and chimney could exceed 3,000 pounds, a foundation must be designed to hold the weight. To improve efficiency, circulating fireplaces have heat ducts built into the masonry which pull cool air from the room and return warm. Chimney[1] systems must run vertically and clear the roofline by about 3', however, this varies with local building regulations[2] . Additional building permit costs may be included.
  • Adding a traditional fireplace to existing construction also costs about $1,500-$30,000 or more, depending on the material, local labor rates and building materials. Because the home may not have a foundation that can support the new fireplace, additional work may need to be completed by a licensed contractor. Faux stone and other lightweight building materials[3] mimic the look of real stone at a fraction of the weight, which can save money on both the product and shipping.
Related articles: Electric Fireplace, Wood Stove, Chimney Sweep, Carbon Monoxide Detector

What should be included:
  • The complete firebox, hearth and chimney system are typically included.
Additional costs:
  • Firewood costs about $250-$600 per cord, depending on type of wood and area of country where purchased. A cord measures about 4' high, 4' wide and 8' long. Ensure firewood is clean, seasoned[4] and dry before burning to reduce emissions and create a better heat source. Seasoned wood has been split and dried for more than six months prior to use. Wood should be stacked off the ground with a cover only over the top.
  • Simple fireplace grates that hold the wood a few inches above the bottom of the fire box cost about $25-$75. Custom decorative grates cost into the thousands. Fireplace tools cost about $15-$95 for a shovel, broom and stoker. Metal ash vacuums cost $120-$240. Screens[5] cost $190-$250 and can be both decorative and useful as they keep burning wood and pieces of ash away from flammables.
  • Burning wood in an open fireplace may actually remove more heat from the room than it adds. Well-sealed glass or metal fireplace doors start around $200-$1,500 and may increase efficiency[6] . DIYers may want to install new doors[7] . Also, remember to close the damper when not in use to keep warm air from escaping.
  • Annual fireplace and chimney cleaning costs about $79-$200.
  • Mantels are optional and cost about $100-$3,000, depending on materials and whether they are full surround mantels or simple shelves. Materials include marble, wood, cast iron, limestone, cultured stone, plaster or resin. DIYers can save money by tackling hearth and mantel projects[8] .
  • A carbon monoxide detector, required in many areas, costs $20-$50.
Shopping for a wood-burning fireplace:
  • Prior to shopping for a fireplace, measure the area, determine use--decorative or supplemental heat source--and proximity to a doorway to bring in wood and take out ash.
  • To find a licensed contractor for the job, check licensing boards by state[9] . Contact the local state contractors' license board on how to select a contractor[10] .
  • Before burning, check with the local air quality board[11] to see if the weather permits a burn day. Many boards offer an opportunity to sign up for air quality forecasts by email.
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Wood-Burning Fireplace
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Fireplace: New Construction or Existing: 
Installer:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.csia.org
  2.  www.statelocalgov.net/
  3.  www.mason-lite.com/products/wood-burning-fireplaces/
  4.  www.www.csia.orgHomeownerResources/ChimneySafetyInfo/HowToSelectFirewood/tabid/115/Defa...
  5.  www.fireplacestation.com/IVG2/Y/CatID-2003-Fireplace-Screens-Folding-Fire-Powder-Coated...
  6.  www.consumerenergycenter.org/home/heating_cooling/fireplaces.html
  7.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,1154375,00.html
  8.  www.diynetwork.com/topics/fireplaces/index.html
  9.  www.contractors-license.org/
  10.  www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/HireAContractor/
  11.  www.epa.gov/air/where.html
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does Painting a House Cost? How Much Does a Fence Cost? How Much Does a Furnace Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Lizard
Paid: 150.00
The beardie was adopted for $20.00 at a local repticon. Tank was over 30 inch long, cost less than $70-80 at Petsmart during Xmas sale. Everything else were bought online from Dr. Foster, Amazon and Chewy... [more]
-Gaga
Pet Lizard Cost
My Entertainment Company Went Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty
Paid: 2100.00
All I can say is WOW. When I hired Evan Nine Entertainment, I had no idea I was going to get so much extra for my money. His company handled The DJ/MC, Photography, Uplighting, and Wedding Officiant... [more]
-Linda Grayson
Wedding DJ Cost
TTE 93306
Paid: 1208.00
Went for echo at cardiologist's office. Hadn't met deductible and my BCBS estimate online was $408 done in doctor's office. Well, the cardiology office had been acquired by Mission Hospital so they charged their rate which was ~$1980... [more]
-C. V. Wynne, M.D.
Echocardiogram Cost
Broken drain line replacment
Paid: 7600.00
After Roto-Rooter inspected the drain line which could not get passed 35 feet from the cleanout, serviceman suggested for a new cleanout to be installed near the area where the camera could not pass, this at a cost of $1,450... [more]
-#IFEELTAKEN
Sewer Line Replacement Cost
Cost should be capped
Paid: 4550.00
In August of 2014, my husband need to be transported to the helicopter pad at the hospital and we received a bill for $4,550 and when we questioned why so much no one could provide a valid answer. The helicopter pad is less than ... [more]
-dkoz
Ambulance Cost
Cost of topo survey
Paid: 3800.00
Surveyor staked four corners and surveyed entire 4.95 acre lot at 2 ft contours in Issaquah, WA... [more]
-User in WA
Property Survey Cost