Cost to install a fireplace

All prices and remodeling costs revised and updated for 2020

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How much does a fireplace cost?

Cost to install a fireplace depends on the type and size of the product. Simple chimney free electrical fireplace replacement might be estimated at $250 - $400 for labor and $150 - $300 for actual 23” wide fireplace in case it will fit into existing opening and no major finishing work will be required. Complete addition of a new custom made fireplace might go up to $10,000 - $15,000 for material and hire a contractor to perform the work.

Cost of a natural gas fireplace

Prices for simple log sets or fireplace inserts will start from $70 - $90 and might go up to $400 - $500 for more stylish designs. They can be very easily installed into a conventional wood burning fireplace and using existing chimney flue. With minimum labor expenditures it might be a good budget option. Using chimney free sets might require a closing off a chimney dumper permanently which may add another $250 - $300 for labor and materials (if hiring a contractor).

Electric fireplace installation

Fireplaces which use electricity as a source of energy don’t require venting and with a minimum clearance requirements relatively easy and budget friendly to install. They do not emit smoke, any harmful fumes or CO2. Most of the electric fireplaces models will require a 110-volt outlet and the installation cost might be as low as $150 - $200.

Gel fuel fireplace

With a $250 - $700 per unit price range for gel fuel fireplace contractors charge $300 - $800 for labor to get it professionally installed. Prepare to buy glue fuel separately for $35 - $50 per 12 pack unit with 2 – 3 hours of burning time each.

Cost of adding a fireplace

No matter which size, but adding any types of a fireplace might be a costly decision. Building everything from scratch might cost as much a $9,000 for standard work and go up to $16,000 - $19,000 for a custom high end work. The price will be significantly higher for real wood of burning fireplaces when building a chimney is unavoidable.

While using some fireplaces, oxygen depletion sensor has to be installed for a safety reason and some products might have special installation requirements.

Extra costs

Demolition and disposal of old materials might add a few hundred dollars to overall cost for fireplace installation. Custom design and hand-made mantel work will escalate the price up to a few times in comparison with a simple no fancy style. Finishing the face with a natural stone slabs such as granite or marble might be estimated at $40 - $90 per square foot for man power and materials.

Prefabricated fireplaces are always cheaper in comparison with a site build custom option. Choosing vent free product might save another $160 - $500 on labor comparing to those which will need a coaxial pipes installation for getting burning smoke and fumes out of the house.

Before starting the work on adding a new fireplace or replacing an old one with significant changes, you should check building codes city requirements for specific products.

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* The numbers are a general idea what expect to pay for a particular remodeling project. The data was analyzed based on hundreds of home improvement projects, but on the national scale it is NOT enough to say the accuracy is high. Exact labor cost will be estimated only after contractor or installer inspects the area.