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Question DetailsAsked on 11/18/2014

how much is the cost for a propane gas fireplace in a new house built on slab floor?

I am buying a duplex. the fireplace will be propane gas and tank has to be underground. I would like to have a comparison price to look at. this fireplace will be in TN

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Here is a prior question that was somewhat similar, though on the large size and probably higher end -

For a simple "fake" gas firelog standalone unit (not built into the wall) with printed sheet metal housing (fake wood look) you can get those for around $1-2,000 for the cheaper ones, on up to anything you want to pay - I have seen them up to 8 foot wide, like a castle fireplace, with full size fake stone hearth and mantle and fake chimney to the ceiling. Installation including gas lines probably in the $500 ballpark for a normal frame house, assuming tank will in the general vicinity of the fireplace.

Your buried propane service - tank, lines, service regulator cost - dependent partly of course on your local codes as some require 20' high vent pipes and concrete vault like for a gas station tank, but probably usually about $1000-2000 range for 120 through about 250-300 gallon tank, or $1500-3000 range typically for 500-1000 gallon tank. Be sure to check your local regs regarding fire and building and planning and zoning code about clearances from buildings and property lines, etc - and about burial requirements and venting, and also about tiedown anchors or concrete encapsulation if in an area where water table can rise - because you do NOT want a floating tank.

Some suppliers will provide the tank and lines and regulator installation cheaper or free with a service/supply contract, but I sort of doubtit unless the entire house is being heated/fueled with propane, not just for a fireplace.

Some jurisdictions allow use of a separate ventilated tank shed with a portable propane bottle feeding a line to the house more like is normal for a grill, and would probably be plenty big for an occasional use fireplace, which would bring your cost WAYYY down - but I would suspect not many jurisdictions allow that. Some also allow use of a flaxible hose coming off a propane bottle in the yard provided it is connected only during use (so classifie3d as a portable use) - like with a grill, but again that is probably rare.

For true costs in your area, contact an HVAC outfits that does gas fireplaces, or a dealer of gas fireplaces (usually places that carry woodstoves and such also) and also do installs. If going for a built-in unit, then a Remodeling - General Contractor because you need electrical probably (for the starter) and gas and framing and probably drywall and paint and probably a mason for hearth and such ...

One other possibility you might be interested in - or might hate - is an electric firelog fireplace - prefab, an come in quite large heat capacity, and use lights and fan blowing plastic strips for the fake flames - some are fairly convincing (like things yuo see at Disney World) with variable fan speeds and lighting to simulate the flames, and variable and thermostatically controlled heat. Of course, is electric so "fuel" is usually more expensive but no big thing if only occasional "recreational" use, and while unit and wiring connection is not much different than for the prefab gas unit, avoids the entire tank burial and tankrefilling thing, presuming your breaker box can handle the extra connected load.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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