Fireplaces are common in homes across the UK. The type of fire you choose will depend on several factors, your budget being one of them. Check our fireplace cost guide.
Fires are not necessarily complicated additions to a property but, you will need the services of a professional such as a Gas Safe registered gas engineer, a qualified electrician and/or the services of a chimney sweep for cleaning the chimney, if you have one, and other remedial work.
The cost of installing a fireplace will depend on:
- The source of heat being used – coal, gas, oil or an open fire or wood burner
- The equipment needed – a gas fire, for example, or a log burner
- Fire surround, if needed
- Professional installation fees
If you are replacing an existing fire, the installation could be relatively straightforward and just a case of a new fire and a new fire surround. But, you may be changing from one heat source to another, and this will require more work.
Natural gas fires
Basic gas fires can start from a £150 to £600, depending on the type and style you choose. Some of the cheaper fires have a lower heat output and are smaller, and may not offer what you are looking for in terms of controllability.
For example, it may have only two heat settings but a gas fire that costs a little more will have more useful features.
Gas fires work with mains gas and with a small adaptation, they will also work with stored gas. This may cost a little more.
Fireplace cost guide: electric fires
Electricity is expensive and so if you are thinking of investing in an electric fire, it pays to buy the most efficient fire within your budget.
Prices starts at £250 with the top of range models costing around £500. Unlike gas fires, an electric fire does not ventilation or a flue and as such, are incredibly simple to fit. Many people fit the gas fire themselves.
The fire will need securing to a wall or within a fire surround and simply plugged in to the mains. The fire can be used as a light source only, in a room, with a pleasant dancing-flame effect even if you don’t want any heat in the room.
Some electric fires are efficient to run but unless you have an alternative source of electricity at your home, such as solar panels, you may find running costs are a lot higher than expected.
Fireplace cost guide: wood burning stove
A wood burning stove is a popular choice for many people. Giving off serious heat in a space, there is something mesmerising and romantic about dancing flames.
A wood burning stove is also a safe option, with the doors closing to prevent the wood spitting into the room and makes for a more efficient, long-lasting heat too.
Investing in a wood burning stove is more affordable than you think. Prices start from £200 upwards. Some designer wood burning stoves can cost £2,000 or more so if you want to make a statement with the fire, you certainly can!
For an efficient wood burner, you should be looking to spend around £400 to £500. There are also companies that specialise in reclaimed and refitted wood burners too, meaning you can get more for your money.
Fireplace cost guide: open fire
It may be that as you remove your old fire, you rediscover the original fireplace. Before using it as an open fire, always have the chimney cleaned by a professional chimney sweep, prices start from £40 and have the chimney tested for an effective ‘draw’. This means that the chimney is effectively drawing up the smoke, leaving you with a pleasant, open fire.
You will need to invest in a grate, fire guard and opt for smokeless coal where possible.