Wood burning insert installation cost

Amy Posted By Amy, Nov 3, 2012 at 10:35 AM

  1. Amy

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    Hi, I'm a new member and am really hoping someone can give me an idea as to what an "average" installation cost might be for a wood burning insert into an existing fireplace. We bought a Century insert and we already have the insert liner kit....we just need to have everything installed. We had someone come out and inspect/clean the chimney and now we're just waiting for them to call with the price for the install. We live in northern Michigan....if that makes a difference. Any info you can give me will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
     
  2. begreen

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    Welcome Amy. This will depend on several factors. In no particular order they might be: the height and steepness of the roof, chimney accessibility, height of the chimney, inner construction of the chimney, damper style, whether or not you have all the right parts, etc.. If this is a one-story easy access chimney, with a big straight clay lined flue it might be done in a few hours for about $500. If it is a tall chimney that has an offset and other complications that end up making this a full day install with a shop call for extra parts, then it could cost 2-3 times that amount.

    Get quotes and have them inspect your chimney, damper and the liner kit to avoid surprises.
     
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    Welcome to the forum Amy and good luck with your insert! I can't speak to your insert install and will leave that to the experts..

    Ray
     
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    If you can find out the local hourly rate, you can probably figure it out. From experience, I've found that an average install with 25 ft of liner & no issues with the fitment in the fire place, will take anywhere from a MINIMUM of 2.5 to 3.5 hours. That includes the clean-up & tutorial on its operation...
     
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    Thanks for the info begreen! It is a single story and the guys that came out for the initial check/cleaning didn't say anything about there being any issues that would cause any issues....we were ready to spend up to $1000 so it sounds like we should be okay...at least I hope so! Thanks again!
     
  7. CK1

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    I got 3 quotes for installation on a few different fireplace inserts. They were all around $1000 to install stove with a flex liner that was wrapped in insulation. That quote didn't include any type of block off plate.

    Based on these quotes, I ended up doing the install myself. It actually was pretty easy minus actually moving a 500 lb stove into place. Besides that pretty easy. Each company said it would take them about 1/2 day, it took me about 6 hrs.
     
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    You might also want to hit the National Chimney Sweep association web site http://www.ncsg.org/ or the National Fireplace Institute http://nficertified.org/pages_consumers/consumers-1.cfm to see which installers are certified in your area.

    There are some people who will do an install thought not certified. Certification doesnt necessarily mean they will do a better job but at least they spent time, money and efforts to learn their trades. They are typically fully insured.
     
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    My insert install was 5 or 600 bucks three years ago. It was a routine install and I believe the guy quoted a fixed price.
     
  10. Amy

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    Well, we got the quote....it's going to be between $700-$800 because we may need an adapter/connector to hook up the liner to the insert. The opening is on an angle at the back of the insert so they are thinking it might be necessary to use because of where the liner comes into the fireplace and also the liner isn't super flexible. We got the liner kit from Rockford Chimney Supply and they did say that it's very high quality.

    One other thing, the quote also includes the permit which they said will cost $95. I think we did pretty good...all in all.
     
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    Sounds like you're good to go Amy. Keep us posted.
     
  12. AnalogKid

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    I have been going thru this exercise for the last couple months. I have spoken to 4 dealers/installers to do an insert/liner installation with me supplying the liner kit, and the quotes ranged from $600-$1000.
     
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    Install, not including liner and other materials, for my insert was 500 dollars. Didn't take very long and as I understand it the Alterra CI1250 is a pretty simple install. I did have to pay 200 bucks to have a welder come in and cut a hole in the heatilator box. It was the least expensive quote from certified installers.
     
  14. trog04

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    I've decided to do mine myself. The quotes I got were from $700-900, which I thought was insane given it's probably several hours of work. I need to cut a hole in my house, which I can go right between two studs, so no structural issues. Mount the tee, and snap the chimney and sovepipe together. Make sure I heed all clearances, then have the building inspector check it all. One quote said they could pull the permit for me, for an additional $195. Thought that was a real nice touch.:rolleyes:

    Good luck with the install and post some pictures. I really like seeing the different set ups.
     

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