How much does it cost to install a wood burner?

Installation of a wood burning stove components

Woodburner installation costs…

Clearly, when looking at woodburner installation costs there is much to consider. At Hot Box, we have installed thousands of woodburners over the years. When it comes to cost, we always consider each installation on its own merits. The number of variables will be explained within this article. Further, by the end, a reader should have a better understanding as to the overall cost associated with a stove installation.

Here at Hot Box, we believe in total transparency in terms of costs and keeping our customers informed throughout the process. Lets consider the following example to start with…

This article deals with the costs of installing a woodburner into an existing chimney, inclusive of some building work using a flexible flue liner.

What we look for when considering installation costs for woodburners…

Your property has an existing chimney and an original open or gas fire…

Externally, the chimney stack is in good order and accessible using ladders or a cherry picker. The image below depicts an example of such. Hot Box, in this instance, opted to use a cherry picker to access the top of the stack.

At point of Survey, our engineers check the nature of the chimney, access constraints and will also, so far as practicable, asses the condition of the stack from ground level.

woodburner installation costs

Further, our trained engineers would then consider what alterations needed to be made to form the recess.

Such alterations would then form the first part of any installation process.

Clearly, the image depicted below means that alterations will be required to install a wood burning stove. The two images depict before an after shots of one of our installations.

How much does forming a recess cost?

Importantly, before the stove can be installed the above recess is the most pressing factor. Such recesses often require invasive construction work, taking time and costing money.

Therefore, if a new recess is to e formed for your stove installation, the following costs should be considered:

  • Temporary protection of the room. Consider this, the sheeting used is not cheap and it takes time to properly protect a room prior to carrying out this sort of work.
  • Breaking out the recess. Such actions will involve man hours and mechanical plant. Moreover, make an allowance for a skip,
  • Setting a hearth. The costs of hearth materials can vary wildly, for the purpose of this article, assume the supply and installation of a basic slate hearth.
  • Internal rendering and making good of plaster work. again, this is more labour than material intensive.
  • Final tidy up to advance to phase 2…

As a rule, the formation of a recess will take 2 working days for two operatives to complete to a good standard. Materials costs, depending upon the choice of hearth, are relatively minor.

On average therefore, a recess, ready to accept your new wood burner will be between £1200-1500.00

Of course, as with anything, you can always spend more on certain elements to improve aesthetics or provide a specific finish.

Costs of a stove installation…

Hot Box provide an array of wood burning stoves at dramatically different prices. This article aims to keep it simple, we are going to choose one of our bestsellers,

The DG Ivar 5 

Dik Geurts IVAR 5 | Wood Burning Stove
Dik Geurts IVAR 5 | Wood Burning Stove £1215.00

Moving on, from the top down, the below components form all that you will need for your stove installation, based upon a few assumptions of course.

Screw fit rain cap bird guard. This component will hang your chimney liner from the pot and protect the liner against water ingress £86.50

316 Grade stainless steel flexible flue liner. Hot Box favour Schiedel Tecnoflex, 10m will cost you £300.00

Screw fit flexi to stove pipe connector. This part is key, it takes the brunt of the heat from the stove. £34.00

600mm of stove pipe, to connect the appliance to the liner via the flexi to stove connector.£40.00

Register Plate, this item closes off the void above the wood burner or multifuel burner. This will need cutting to suit your individual requirements. £50.00

Carbon Monoxide Alarm, a must to comply with building regulations. £29.50

Sundry items, always allow a sum for sealants etc to make relevant connections £30.00

Plant and equipment. Our installers will need certain specialist tools and a vehicle full of equipment to undertake the work. Allow £50.00 for such.

Labour, the teams at Hot Box need to be paid. All of our staff are HETAS registered engineers, as such they may be a little more expensive, but at least the job is done properly. Allow £550.00 per day for a team of HETAS trained and registered stove installers.

Total costs therefore extend to £2,385.00

Add this to the recess formation and you can consider an average stove installation to cost £3,585.00

The above example represents an overview of an average stove installation as carried out by Hot Box stoves Limited. All stove installations undertaken by us are subject in the first instance to a site specific survey, once we have satisfied ourselves with the nature of the site a fixed price quotation will be provided for your consideration. 

What are the variables of a stove installation…

As with most construction work, there are often variables. For instance, more work might be necessary at build phase, such as repairs to chimney stacks.

Access is often a big cost variable, should a cherry picker be needed, you can consider a further £300-£500 for this type of machine.

As always, the key to any of this is transparency. The reason we undertake surveys is to present all of our customers with an accurate, usually fixed cost to carry out their stove installation.

If you would like us to carry out a survey, get in touch….


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