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Question DetailsAsked on 9/1/2017

How much does it cost to remove a wood burning stove from a fireplace

I'd like to have the wood burning stove insert removed from my fireplace and replaced with a gas burning fireplace insert.

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The usual answer - depends. IF they just removed the fireplace damper and slid in a wood burning stove and ran the flue pipe up the chimney, then assuming the gas unit is not higher or larger, so it fits the same place, potentially as little as $1000 -1500 range including the gas insert - assuming gas service is already close to that point or readily run round the outside of the house to it. Of course, very large or fancy inserts can go up to $5000 or more just for the insert.

Other extreme - if gas unit you want is larger so they need to open up the fireplace more to fit it in, then sometimes a few thousand $.

It also matters if you want only a gravity flue to the roof (up the chimney) versus punching a hole through the back of the firebox for a direct-vent gas insert - which is generally a lot easier and typically a few hundred $ or more cheaper.

Get a few bids from gas inset/gas fireplace vendors - some Heating and A/C contractors (an Angies List Search the List cstegory) also do this sort of work.

Be sure the contract is VERY clear exactly what is and is not included, and that it spells out (commonly by marked-up photos) exactly what damage will be made to walls or such for installing the unit and running the gas line - you do not want a quick and dirty job that leaves a bunch of holes on the walls and underlying ceiling from the work. I remember one job I was on where the gas insert installer actually took a chain saw and trenched the floor (right through the top half of half a dozen joists too) to put in the gas line - not the sort of scene you want.

Another alternative - a bitmore costlyh but maybe lower stress, is having a Remodeling- General Contractor do the entire job (even if the gas fireplaceinsert is done by a specialist sub) for a fixed price INCLUDING all repairs afterwards - that will give incentive to minimize the damages.

Note you should consider in advance if you want the fireplace firebox left intact or not (assuming it is essentially intact now) for possible future reuse as a wood burning fireplace or if they can cut holes in it or totally cut it out to do the insert, and if they can cut through the back for a direct-vent insert (much more energy efficient because it runs on outside air, not heated inside air, for the combustion air - though some models can be ducted through the floor to the outside for combustion air and still vent above the roof.

Also know in advance if you will accept an around-the-outside of the house piping run (thypically 3/4" metal pipe) for the gas, and if so if you want them to paint it to match the house or if you will do that. Should be painted within a few months of installation with metal paint (commonly an exterior enamel) to prevent heavy rusting.

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