Buying a wood burning stove is just the first step towards heating your home. It needs specific installation requirements for you to be able to use it. You need to run a pipe out of the home or attach it to an existing chimney. The pipes do need to be made of insulated or special material and high enough to avoid pollution.
Installation will involve costs as there is work needed to be done around the house. If you have existing hearth structures such as brick and mortar (or non flammable and heat resistant surfaces) hearth floors as well as a flue and chimney, then you can definitely cut a lot of costs. Otherwise, you may need to spend a bit more. To get a feel for the costs involved, check the next section.
The answer to costs is that it greatly varies. The costs can involve several works like getting the right size of stove, getting the right size for a flue, constructing a chimney and so on. Masonry work can add to the expenses, but you can cut some costs by utilizing existing chimneys or doing away with hem and installing a pipe straight away.
- Stove Costs – anywhere from $1000 to $3000 and above. This depends on the brand, type and size of the wood stove.
- Piping and Installation – It can cost around $2000 or more if you will hire a contractor to do it for you. This may include materials such as piping and insulation. Adding masonry can hike up costs as well. Doing it yourself can cut costs to about half.
Over all, you can look at about $4000 for buying and installing a stove inside a room, with the price moving up or down on the different variables mentioned. Additional costs include buying wood (sold at about $200 or $300 for a cord of wood), as well as hiring chimney sweeps to clean the stove.
It pays to hire Professionals
Having a certified fireplace professional will be more expensive. In fact, it can cost double than doing the work yourself. However, the safety and peace of mind you will get from hiring a professional should more than justify the costs.
If you do plan to go ahead and do the project yourself, make sure that you will buy all the right materials at the right sizes.
Remember that safety is more valuable than any amount of money so always keep your home and your safety in mind when installing a wood burning stove.