Chimney & Fireplace Cost Guides

A fireplace and chimney install costs $2,500 to $11,000, or $6,750 on average. Replacing the cap, liner and other repairs range from $350 to $2,150. Expect to pay up to $1,000 per year for inspection and cleaning services depending on the condition of your chimney and its total number of flues.

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Many homeowners still prefer to use their fireplace and chimney for heating. Installations like wood stoves or pellet stoves have replaced many traditional fireplaces because they're more compact, controllable and efficient in heating the home. It’s important to consider ongoing costs in addition to their initial installation price. Actively used units need yearly care and upkeep for the safety of the home and its residents. Hiring an expert to do the cleaning is an important step in keeping creosote from building up and causing fires.

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    National Average $251
    Typical Range $128 - $374
    Low End - High End $89 - $1,000
  • Repair a Fireplace or Woodstove
    National Average $498
    Typical Range $164 - $832
    Low End - High End $89 - $2,100
  • Install a Fireplace or Wood Stove
    National Average $2,297
    Typical Range $869 - $3,731
    Low End - High End $150 - $7,900

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New Fireplace or Chimney Costs

Expect to pay up to $11,000 to install a new fireplace and chimney. The price of a chimney rebuild ranges from $1,000 to $5,000. Most installers charge $65 to $350 per foot for new installs and rebuilds plus the cost of the fireplace. The per foot price refers to the height of the chimney from the ground to the cap.

Fireplace repairs cost $490 to $2,000 depending on its type and the severity of the damage. The price to replace the fireplace outright is $150 to $7,900 without any chimney work.

Brick or Stone Veneer

A 30-foot brick or stone chimney and fireplace costs $4,500 on average. Of that price, $2,250 covers the stone veneer fireplace installation costs. Installers typically charge $100 to $200 per foot for the masonry work. Expect to pay more if you want multiple flues, a chimney liner or a fireplace insert.

Pellet or Wood Stoves

Wood or pellet stoves cost $2,090 on average to install. Expect to pay around $2,000 if you just want an insert instead of a free-standing model. Cast iron stoves cost at least $300 more than steel panel models. Expect to pay up to $3,300 more if you need a chimney pipe installed as well. This is commonly needed when the wood or pellet stove cannot vent out into an existing chimney.

Ventless vs. Ducted Gas Fireplace

Expect to pay $4,300 to $12,000 to cover the cost of installing a gas fireplace. Ducted gas fireplaces are $2,000 on average, while ventless models can reach $6,000. Installation adds $2,300 to $10,000 to the total depending on the gas fireplace style and location.

Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces are $250 to $6,200 for the unit and installation. Freestanding units are cheapest at $250 to $650. Dual-sided version are the most at up to $6,200. This style does not need a chimney since there’s no smoke or gases to vent outside. The install may include placement of a dedicated 120-volt outlet near the fireplace.

Chimney Prices

PartsPrice Range
Cricket$150 - $500
Damper$65 - $450
Flashing$500 - $1,000
Cap$75 - $1,000
Crown$220 - $2,000
Chimney pot$500 - $3,075
Exhaust fans$2,235 - $4,145
Liner$625 - $7,000
Pipe$1,800 - $3,300

Chimney Cricket Cost

Expect your chimney cricket installation cost to range from $150 to $500. This important part prevents water, snow and debris from pooling at the base of the chimney where it meets the roof. You can either hire roofers or chimney repair pros near you to handle its install. Either way, they build the cricket from scratch to match your existing roof color and style.

Chimney Damper Price

Chimney damper prices range from $65 to $450. It costs $180 to $450 to have a repair pro replace the damper and frame. DIY kits for the damper door only are available at $10 to $65.

Flashing

Installing chimney flashing costs $500 to $1,000. This price includes both labor and materials. Plan to inspect the flashing yearly for damage and replace it as needed to keep it in good condition.

Cap or Crown

Chimney cap prices range from $75 to $1,000. Materials are up to $550, while installation adds at least $200. If you prefer a crown instead, expect to pay around $220 to $2,000 for its install.

Chimney Pot Price

Installing chimney pots costs $500 to $3,075. Expect to pay $300 to $2,675 for materials plus $200 to $400 for labor.

Chimney Exhaust Fans Cost

Chimney exhaust fans are $2,235 to $4,145 to install. Materials are $2,035 to $3,745 and labor adds up to $400more. Fans greatly improve flow to keep your fires burning hot and heating up your home efficiently.

Chimney Liner or Flue

A chimney liner costs $625 to $7,000, or $2,500 on average. Materials cost $10 to $250 per foot, while labor is usually $400 to $1,250. The project might also include cleaning and an inspection at up to $250 and a $50 to $200 permit.

Chimney Pipe Price

Installing a chimney pipe runs between $1,800 and $3,300 depending on its installation location. Pipes that go through a cathedral ceiling are cheapest at up to $2,100. Exterior wall and attic installations land at the upper end of the range. The style you choose impacts the overall look of the room, so work with your installer to find the most attractive option.

Removing, Rebuilding or Replacing a Chimney or Fireplace

Whether you want to remove your fireplace and chimney, rebuild from the ground up or put in a new install, expect it to cost:

  • Removing a fireplace and chimney costs $4,000-$6,000
  • Rebuilding a new chimney in its place is $1,000-$5,000
  • Fireplace replacement is $150-$7,900 depending on its design
  • A new chimney and fireplace install costs $2,500-$11,000

Chimney Maintenance, Cleaning & Repairs

Once a year basic chimney cleaning costs $130 to $365. You might pay up to $800 to clean a neglected chimney. Chimney inspections are $100 to $5,000 and reveal the need for repairs, like repointing. When done at the same time, inspections usually include cleaning services.

Chimney repairs cost $160 to $750 but can reach as high as $1,800. Crown repairs are typically $150 to $300. Cracked bricks are more expensive to fix at $750 to $1,500. Expect to pay $1,000 on average cover the cost of repointing. A leaning chimney is about $3,000 to repair.

FAQ

How much is an outdoor fireplace and chimney?

Outdoor fireplace prices range from $1,500 to $20,000. Stone fireplace kits are up to $8,000, while metal ones are only $100 to $500. The chimney is around $2,000 and the rest of the price goes to labor. Not all fireplace designs need a chimney, but you still might want one to abide by local building codes or for its aesthetic value.

How much are chimney closing costs?

Chimney closing is an easy DIY task that doesn’t need to cost any money. You just need to clean out the fireplace to removal all debris. Then, close the flue to keep drafts from getting inside. Remember not to use the fireplace anymore that season without opening up the flue. Plan to pay for an inspection and cleaning before opening up your fireplace next season.

How much is the cost of opening a chimney for the season?

Opening up the chimney for the season could run you $230 to $1,000. You’ll pay the least to open a chimney that’s used and maintained regularly. Chimneys that need a lot of cleaning or repairs to resolve leaks cost more. Keep up with annual inspections and cleaning services to save money over time.

How can you waterproof a chimney?

Waterproofing a chimney involves sealing up all cracks with mortar and putting a crown or cap on the top. These steps help keep water from leaking into the chimney and down into your fireplace.