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  • Cost of Installing a Log Burner

    This guide covers everything you need to know about installing a log burner.

    Average Cost of Installing a Log Burner

    Depending on the complexity of the job, it usually takes 1-2 days

    £2300

    It will cost £1200 to install a log burner if chimney already present, to include cleaning and lining chimney and installing log burner to HETAS standards. It will cost £2300 to install a log burner if no chimney present, to include installing twin wall chimney system and installing log burner to HETAS standards.

    A log burner, or woodburner as they are also called, is now seen as a desirable addition to your home that can add as much as 5% to the value of where you live. They can add a cosy warmth to a room in a way that a radiator just can’t. They are seen as having a timeless appeal and their image has moved on radically from the ‘farmhouse’ connotations they had in the 1970’s. Since the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has approved their installation in city areas, they are making an appearance in smart towns and city neighbourhoods.

    Log burners are also an increasingly popular way to reduce domestic gas consumption and make use of a locally sourced fuel instead. Well-seasoned, locally sourced wood can cost as little as 1p per kilowatt hour (kWh) whereas mains gas can costs around 4.8 per kWh. This can represent an annual saving of around £155 with a 5kW burner.

    It is recommended that you always engage a HETAS (Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme) registered installer and do not attempt to fit your own log burner. This article will highlight the cost of installing your log burner as well as some important points to consider.

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    Cost of Hiring a Log Burner Specialist

    Job Description Duration Material Cost Labour Cost
    Installing a ‘twin wall’ chimney if no chimney present 4-5 hours Approx. £1100 Approx. £150-200 per day depending on labourer.
    Cleaning and lining existing chimney 3-4 hours Approx. £1200 Approx. £150-200 per day depending on labourer.
    Installing log burner 2-3 hours Cost of stove chosen Approx. £150-200 per day depending on labourer.

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    Things to Consider When Installing a Log Burner

    There are a few important things to consider when considering installing a log burner. Do you have a chimney? If not, you are going to have to spend a lot more than if you already have a chimney breast in situ. You need to think carefully about the size of the room and make sure there is enough space around the burner free of combustible materials. Think about the value the woodburner may add to your property-and may save on fuel bills.

    You will need to take into account the size of your room and the size of the space that the woodburner will be fitted into. An average size room (12msq) in a fairly modern home (after 2000) will need a stove of 2-5kW. If your room is an open plan living area and your house is a period property then you will need a stove of up to 8kW output. A stove over 5kW will require a woodburner fan – consult a HETAS registered installer to advise you on the best choice for your needs. Each manufacturer will give guidance on how far away from any combustible material, such as plasterboard or timber stud wall, their log burners need to be located. Always seek the advice of a trusted professional.

    There are log burners to suit all budgets but there are some points that need to be considered when making your choice. More expensive burners may be made of thicker steel and have a longer life. The glass may also be thicker and last longer than a cheaper model. A more expensive burner may be more aesthetically pleasing as more time may have been spent on the design.

    The cost of installing your woodburner will depend on whether you already have a chimney in place or not. If you already have a chimney then your installation costs will be in the region of £1200 plus the cost of the log burner. This will include cleaning and then lining the chimney to make the burner more efficient. If you do not have a chimney, then the installation costs will shoot up to around £2300 in addition to the cost of your choice of log burner as you will need a ‘twin wall’ chimney to be fitted

    Doing it Yourself

    Fitting a log burner yourself is not something that is recommended as all solid fuel heating installations, including your log burner, have to be approved by a HETAS registered installer. There are serious consequences should the works not be approved. They will be deemed to be illegal and your home insurance will not cover any accidents that happen due to incorrect installation.

    To reiterate, it is never recommended that you attempt to install your log burner yourself; you should always engage a trusted HETAS regulated installer to carry out all works. Let My Job Quote help and you can relax knowing that safety is taken care of!

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    Hiring a Log Burner Expert Checklist

    • Remember to always get more than one quote from a trusted professional. This is where My Job Quote can provide invaluable assistance.
    • Ask if you need to be in the house whilst the work is going on and what you need to do to prepare for installation.
    • Make sure you know what maintenance is needed and always engage trusted professionals.
    • You will need to take into account the size of your room and the size of the space that the woodburner will be fitted into.
    • Each manufacturer will give guidance on how far away from any combustible material, such as plasterboard or timber stud wall, their log burners need to be located

    Hiring a Tradesman Checklist

    • Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
    • Never pay the full amount upfront.
    • Get the quote in writing.
    • For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
    • On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
    • Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
    • Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.

    FAQ's

    Can I install a log burner myself?
    Fitting a log burner yourself is not something that is recommended as all solid fuel heating installations, including your log burner, have to be approved by a HETAS registered installer. There are serious consequences should the works not be approved. They will be deemed to be illegal and your home insurance will not cover any accidents that happen due to incorrect installation.
    What size woodburner is best for me?
    You will need to take into account the size of your room and the size of the space that the woodburner will be fitted into. An average size room (12msq) in a fairly modern home (after 2000) will need a stove of 2-5kW. If your room is an open plan living area and your house is a period property then you will need a stove of up to 8kW output. A stove over 5kW will require a woodburner fan - consult a HETAS registered installer to advise you on the best choice for your needs.
    How much should I spend on a log burner?
    There are log burners to suit all budgets but there are some points that need to be considered when making your choice. More expensive burners may be made of thicker steel and have a longer life. The glass may also be thicker and last longer than a cheaper model. A more expensive burner may be more aesthetically pleasing as more time may have been spent on the design. A more expensive model may have a longer waranty-so if things go wrong you can get in touch with the manufacturer.
    How long will it take to install a log burner?
    Depending on the complexity of the job, it should take less than a day to install your log burner.

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