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Question DetailsAsked on 11/24/2013

how much should it cost for a wood burning fire place

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Since you said a wood burning fireplace, I presume you are excluding wood stoves that vent right out through the wall without a chimney stack - typically about $2-5000, around $3-4000 installed is a good ballpark for a long-time reliable brand, and actually more efficient for heating than a true fireplace, especially if fully enclosed with independent outside air feed so they are not pulling heated air out of the house for combustion air. You need to be aware that a traditional fireplace commonly draws more warm air out of a heated house than it produces - so you are basically running your furnace to make up for the combustion air the fireplace burns up. True fireplaces are nice looking and fine for the occasional cozy evening before the fire roasting marshmallows, buy as a heater they are pretty useless except for emergency heating of a single room.

For a true woodburning fireplace, around $5-7,000 for a prefabricated "ready-set" type typically - and generally (depends a lot on local availability of masons and how common real fireplaces are in your area) more like $7-10,000 plus in most areas for brick chimney "true" fireplaces, on up to $20-30,000 for 4 foot log size width and stone chimey and stone hearth and mantle and such.

Be sure to check your local regs on fireplaces - some areas are banning new construction of them due to air pollution concerns, and of course not a good idea to use brick or stone chimney in earthquake country, and foundations for brick or stone chimenys can be a real problem in areas with very soft or expansive soil as the chimney has its own foundation, reswulting in differential movement relative to the house.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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