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Question DetailsAsked on 10/19/2017

How much to remove a wood burning insert & close off the chimney so we can put in an electric log heater?

The electric log heater plugs into a nearby outlet so there is no need to add an electric source in the fireplace.

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Depends a LOT on how it was installed - because uyou first have to remove the insert and clean up the wall/trim around it to accdeptable appearance, which can be minor (an hour's work) or a lot more. Also, the firebox needs to be sealed off so you are not losing a lot of the electric log heat up the chimney or through openings in the firebox - in some cases it comes down to sort of a scab job of patching the firebox penetrations, then installing a drywall wall in the firebox or across the front with the electric heater installed in it - depends a LOT on current conditions and what your electric heater looks like.

And of course the chimney itself needs to be permanently sealed top and bottom to keep out rain, rodents, insects, birds, etc. If a natural chimney (brick, stone, concretee as opposed to a metal flue) you commonly need to provide outside venting for it to prevent stong buildup of creosote odors - and should be thoroughly cleaned to remove all the creosotea possible before sealing it up, because any dampness on creosote and you can get a VERY strong, persistent odor just through the lining. So this add another couple to few hundred typically.

One the electric outlet thing - generally it is not legal to use an outlet on a wall for this sort of thing - code generally requires a permanent installation like this be hardwired. Also, if a true log "heater" as opposed to just decorative electric log, a normal house outlet is geanerally not properly rated for that electric load, so may well need a new dedicated circuit for that - another $500 ballpark commonly, sometimes more.

Cost - I doubt much less than $500 in best case, more commonly approaching the $1000 range - more if involves fancy hearth area rehabilitation, new electric circuit, etc.

Depending on the amount/type of adjacent hearth/mantle rehab and electrical work needed, might be a Chimney specialty contractor can do it, or might need a Remodeling - General Contractor to handle all the various work items in one contractor.

Here is one similar previous question with answer which might also help, FYI:

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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