More and more homeowners are turning to wood burning stoves for their heating needs. Wood stoves can be a practical way to save on heating since you won’t be reliant on gas or electricity. But getting and using one also involves some costs.
Before you consider installing a wood burning stove in your home, check out the prices below. Having a wood stove isn’t a one time cost kind-of-thing. Maintenance and fuel costs will set you back every year, but if the situation is right for you and your home, then getting a wood burning stove will be a wise choice.
Wood Stoves Cost
For homes, you usually look at a heating space of around 1,000 square feet and above. The smaller wood burning stoves to fill the basic need will run at around $1000 dollars. This is the starting price range for most entry level stoves across several brands.
More expensive models will run up to $3000, with the higher end models going even up to $5000. These models will usually have larger heating capacities and are suitable for larger areas. They may also have some electrical components for thermostat regulation, self cleaning, and even heat distribution through the use of fans.
These are very small stoves which can be used in shacks, campsites and even on boats. They are pretty affordable at just around $100 or less. Though they have limited heating capacity, they are great if you need a source of heat for a small area.
For homes that do not have any provisions for a chimney, flue, and piping, prices for installation can go for around $2000 This is of course using a certified installer. The cost includes labor and materials for installations such as pipes, insulation, and masonry works.
You can look at driving down costs by doing some DIY work. But overall, buying and installing a stove will set you back somewhere around $3000 to $4000
Fuel and Maintenance Costs
Hiring a chimney sweep can set you back several hundreds of dollars, but it’s often a must for fire insurance purposes. But if your wood stove is a modern one, then it usually has a catalytic combustor which prevents the formation of too much soot on the flue and the smoke stack.
The cost of fuel is about $200 to $300 for a cord of wood. If you live in a woody area, you may be able to source your own wood for cheap or even for free.
Take note of all these costs as well as consult with an installer or supplier about the right size and type of wood burning stove for you. This will help you save costs in the long run.