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The Average Cost of Installing a Wood-Burning Fireplace

Updated February 21, 2017

Adding a fireplace to your home can greatly increase its value while giving you an attractive focal point that doubles as a heat source in bad weather. Most modern homes don't have a fireplace, and installing one can be tricky. Fireplace installation costs vary according to region and the type of fireplace you want to install.

Prefabricated Fireplace

Prefabricated fireplaces, also known as fireplace kits, require minimal time and expertise to install. According to Old House Web, prefabricated fireplaces cost between £1,170 and £1,495 installed. The "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" notes that installing a kit yourself takes much longer, but can cost as little as £650.

Masonry Fireplaces

Traditional masonry fireplaces require the work of a trained mason, and are accordingly more expensive than kits. A masonry fireplace tends to run between £2,145 and £3,120, depending on the degree of remodelling required.

Rumford Fireplace

Rumford fireplaces are tall, shallow fireplaces built to be more efficient than conventional types. These fireplaces are accordingly more expensive and require more expertise to install. According to the Buckley Rumford Company, the average Rumford fireplace costs between £2,600 and £6,500.

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About the Author

G.D. Palmer is a freelance writer and illustrator living in Milwaukee, Wis. She has been producing print and Web content for various organizations since 1998 and has been freelancing full-time since 2007. Palmer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in writing and studio art from Beloit College in Beloit, Wis.