Cost for Relining Masonry Chimney

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sesro1978

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Dec 23, 2008
133
Vermont, USA
Hi-

My wife and I are considering dumping our pellet insert (not literally, will likely try and sell) and replacing with a free standing wood stove (Hearthstone III that I got for free...needs about $200 in work). In order to do this, we need to reline the chimney with the appropriate sized SS liner - 6" in this case. We have a 12" masonry flue in good condition (according to our chimney sweep) that is 20' tall. We just got the estimate back for the job with a total cost of $1800. The estimate covers:

  • set up and staging
  • keeping the inside of the house clean an protecting furniture
  • disconnecting our pellet stove
  • removing the existing liner, which is 4" x 20'
  • removing/disposing of any debris associated with the pellet stove removal
  • install of the 6" x 20' heavy wall flex liner (304 alloy SS) with all parts to wood stove
  • 1/2" insulation of the liner
  • steel top plate, rain cap, and appliance adapter
  • connecting of the wood stove
  • fabrication and installation of sheet metal damper block off plate
  • 3-year warranty on workmanship

We both have limited experience with this and the last time we did this was when we had the pellet stove put in (6-years ago)...I don't recall the total cost on that job, but it was expensive.

Does this estimate sound reasonable based on the parts/labor included in the job?

Thanks!

P.S. - Chimney sweep is fully insured and has a very good reputation in our area (central NH)
 
Apr 4, 2013
174
Rural St. Elmo, IL
Rather than spending the money on rehabbing that old stove I'd invest a little more in a newer stove, the Englander 30 can be had brand new for not a whole lot more. In my opinion $200 is on the high end of what any Hearthstone stove is worth...;)..and I'm currently burning one.
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
17,623
Philadelphia
I've had 4 chimneys re-lined with 6" stainless, and your estimate is in the ballpark of what I've paid for each. I actually once paid as little as $1300 for an un-insulated rigid pipe install back in 1998, but the three I did in 2011/2012 were all in the $1600 - $2200 range. The cheapest of these three was standard flex with no blanket for my oil burner. The other two were smooth-wall flex with an insulating blanket wrap for my wood stove.
 

sesro1978

Member
Dec 23, 2008
133
Vermont, USA
Rather than spending the money on rehabbing that old stove I'd invest a little more in a newer stove, the Englander 30 can be had brand new for not a whole lot more. In my opinion $200 is on the high end of what any Hearthstone stove is worth...;)..and I'm currently burning one.

A new(er) stove is definitely not in the cards right now, but possibly in a year or 2. Got to work with what I have and all that.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
30,240
central pa
Sounds like a good price to me for insulated heavy flex with a block off plate.
 

NE WOOD BURNER

Minister of Fire
Dec 30, 2012
754
I think that is an expensive price for NH. protection of your home during install is part of the job. 3 year warranty is very little. your liner should come with a much better warranty. I would shop around. for that price you should get a seamless SS liner with a life time warranty.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
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Jan 14, 2014
30,240
central pa
That warrantee was on workmanship not the liner as he stated most liners have lifetime warrantees but not on labor and heavy flex is a very good liner for a wood stove. I feel that heavy flex is the best type of liner for wood stoves rigid is very good to but a real pain in the butt to install.
 
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sesro1978

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Dec 23, 2008
133
Vermont, USA
I think that is an expensive price for NH. protection of your home during install is part of the job. 3 year warranty is very little. your liner should come with a much better warranty. I would shop around. for that price you should get a seamless SS liner with a life time warranty.

Allow me to clarify for you - the liner has a lifetime warranty. The 3-year warranty covers workmanship; i.e. something goes haywire with the quality of the work within 3-years, it's covered.

Also from what I've read, the heavy wall flex is a very good liner.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
30,240
central pa
you are right about the heavy wall liner sesro the description of the work sounds like a great install but the price sounds high.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
30,240
central pa
It actually isn't going for that much anymore I took a full truckload 4 or 5 months ago and it only got us 250 or 300. He would be much better off trying to sell stove and liner as a package as long as the liner is still in good shape
 
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