A good old fashioned wood burning stove can be a mesmerising centrepiece to any living room. Nothing creates the feeling of a simpler time like becoming entranced by the dance of flames and throwing another log onto the stove on a cold winter night.
For some, a woodburner installation can be a more energy-efficient and cost-effective way to their home. It may not cost quite as much as you think!
Prices can vary when it comes to installing a wood burner or log burner in your home as it depends on several different factors. Does your house already have a chimney, or will you need to have one installed?
What fuel are you going to power your stove with? What sort of look or style of multi-fuel stove will best suit your living room and lifestyle? What are the installation costs and building regulations?
Never fear, for we have broken down all of these factors so you can make the best choice for installing a woodburning stove, gas, or electric stove in your home.
Stove Fuel Options.
The most popular and highly recommended fuel options for a home stove are wood, gas, electric, and multi-fuel. Each has pros and cons that you should consider before committing to any of them.
Wood Burning/log burner
Choosing to install a wood-burning stove is one of the cheapest options, as long as you have access to local supply. Ordering wood online, or over long distances, can bump your fuel price up considerably and, at best, will be an unreliable fuel source since you’ll need to wait on delivery.
Only choose a wood burner if you are near a hardware store or lumberyard that can supply you with low-cost timber or a similar alternative with ease. They provide a great, if sometimes inconsistent, heat emission, depending on your fire lighting skills.
Wood burners require a flue or chimney to funnel out the smoke during burning, so remember to factor that into your budget. The stoves themselves can cost between £400-£600 depending on size and construction materials.
This is often the fuel type most people start out wanting for a home stove, but remember that you may have to bring out your inner lumberjack just to keep the fire going.
Gas burners are one of the most heat-efficient options. Since it’s coming directly from your gas line, there’s no need to purchase fuels such as wood or coal regularly, which can make it ideal for busier homes. They provide excellent heat emission and take little to no time to start.
The downside is that gas burners are by far the most expensive, clocking in at around £750 for the stove by itself. Not all gas burners require a full chimney or flue, but they do require professional installation to rig them up to your gas lines, which can add anywhere up to an extra £1000 onto your price. The price of running is a lot more as well, so consider whether the convenience of use is worth the cost in the long run.
Electric stoves are easily one of the cheapest and easiest to install. Running off electricity eliminates the need for a chimney or flue, which will immediately reduce the cost compared to having a gas or log burner installed.
The trade-off is that most electric stoves aren’t nearly as powerful as gas or fuel burning stoves and generate much less heat. Plus, you need to consider the reason why you wanted a burning stove in the first place.
Did you want the stove as a novelty radiator or because you enjoy the primal freedom of a real fire contained in your home? The electric stove isn’t for everyone, but those who do can expect to pay around £300 plus cost to install.
A Multi-fuel stove is closely based on the traditional wood burning stoves design. As the name suggests, it offers the option to burn a range of fuels, depending on your accessibility. This is a great option for those who want a wood burner but are concerned about sourcing timber.
Multi-fuel stoves can also burn coal, which tends to be more available and has many alternative tweaks, such as smokeless coal. It’s highly recommended that you don’t burn wood and coal together, as the mixing of smoke particles can damage the lining of your flue or chimney.
Multi-fuel burners can cost up to £600 but will also require installing a chimney or flue, which can cost up to an additional £1000.
Stove Design and Materials
Most stoves are made from the same set of materials as there are few alternatives for heat resistant metals. Cheaper stoves tend to be made from heat-treated steel, while higher-end models are made from cast iron. The difference in price comes largely from the size of the stove you desire, as larger stoves will require more materials.
However, there are several aesthetic embellishments you can choose from for an additional price. This includes stoves that are panelled or lined with various types of stone and wood, so you can find a stove that matches your living room.
Flues and Hearths
This is the most overlooked aspect of stove installation, and it’s a pitfall many fall victim to. The use of flues, chimneys, and hearths are essential to most stove installations and cost significantly more than the stove itself.
The function of the flue or chimney is to provide a passage for the smoke and fumes to ventilate safely. The exhaust chimneys are almost always on the roof, as this is an easier way to expel the smoke.
This does, however, mean that installing a flue or chimney can be a huge job for any contractor, especially if they need to install a twin wall or any other heat-insulation measures. Prices vary between contractors, depending on the size of the job and the structure of your home.
But expect to pay anywhere up to £1700 for a full chimney, hearth, or flue installation. Even with pre-existing chimneys, installers may need to re-line it to withstand the heat and smoke output of your new stove, and this can still cost as much as £1000.
Once again, the cost of labour can vary, depending on your specific contractor and the requirements of your home. Installation can take anywhere from one to three days in some cases and may cost between £600 and £1000.
You always need to employ a professional to install your stove as proper handling of ventilation airways and power supplies is paramount. Never tamper with your stove’s use or ventilation unless you’ve had sufficient training or experience.
As said before, the price of installing a stove in your home can vary. But to give you a ballpark figure, we’ve priced up the most and least expensive options.
For a gas stove that requires a full installation of a flue and chimney = £2800 to £3300, including all parts and labour.
For an electric stove that requires minimal installation with no flue and no chimney = £500 to £1000, including all parts and labour.
Make sure to shop around between a few contractors or suppliers to find a price and stove style that works for you. Be open to alternative fuel types that may better suit your home. It could even save you money in the long term.