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Question DetailsAsked on 7/4/2016

average cost to replace a brick chimney

Yellow bricks scaling and are beyond repair, Chimney is about 5 feet by 3 feet

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Varies by type of construction and height, but in the several thousands typically, but up to as much as $5000 to near $10,000 with large chimneys (which yours does not sound like) or multiple-flue chimneys (several fireplaces).

However, chimneys typically have 3-4 layers - inner lining, inner bricking, fill mortar or bricking, and outer surface brick - so if the structural part of the chimney is intact and usable or feasibly fixable, just replacing the facing bricks would be considerably cheaper.

A Masonry contractor (your Search the List category) who specializes in chimneys could tell you if this can reasonably be done - I would get several bids for this size job, regardless of whether a repair or a rebuild job.

If a total rebuild is needed, one other alternative is a teardown and replacement with a "ready-set" type chimney - a wood framed and conventionally sided "chimney" with double-walled stainless steel flue pipe leading from a welded sheet metal fireplace - the type being installed in most new homes today. Typically about half the cost of a brick chimney to install. Similarly, a woodstove (free-standing or built-in) would be an alternative too.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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