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Question DetailsAsked on 12/30/2016

cost to remove a fireplace insert

My client would like to have a fireplace insert (wood burning stove) removed and the fireplace back to a functioning wood burning fireplace.

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Depends on how it was put in - some have adapter plates that bolt into the damper opening, or are even just ducted through there with rockwool insulation aroundthe duct - making it only about a 1/2 hour job to remove it - though commonly finding the damper and operating arm can be an issue - some times stored in a wood storage bin adjacent to fireplace, sometimes in basement or attic sometimes leaned up against the wall of the smokebox or firebox. That sort of reversion might cost as little as around $300-500 IF the wood burning stove used the original chimney flue, or a simple metal flue with centralizers in the original flue which allow it to just be pulled out the top.

The otehr extreme can cost $1000-2500 ballpark, if they cut into the firebox or smokebox installing the wood stobve insert, or tore out the original chimney liner to put in a stainless steel one for the stove.

And of course, everything in between.

My recommendation - ask a few Chimney contractors who are very well rated and reviewed to come and give a bid to restore the fireplace to full wood-burning capacity - and make clear if you want the original chimney kept intact, or if replacement with a "ready set" type prefabricated "fake" chimney with metal flue pipe is acceptable if that is cheaper, as it almost always is if the original flue is damaged.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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