Wood Stove Installation Cost & Price List 2024

This is your complete guide to wood stove prices for the stoves plus installation if you plan to hire someone for that part of the project. There are comprehensive wood stove prices below including price lists for the top wood stove brands. On the side of this page and in links, you’ll find much more information on wood stoves including top brand reviews and the best wood stoves for various locations and use.

What kind of stoves are we talking about? This page is about wood burning stoves that are primarily used indoors. Pick HVAC has completed plenty of guides on outdoor wood stoves and boilers too.

Wood Stove Cost

There’s no “average” cost of a wood stove because there are many wood stove cost factors that affect the total price paid.

But here are ranges you can expect when pricing wood stoves. The cost factors are discussed below, so you’ll be able to narrow down your cost to a pretty precise price.

  • Price to Install a Wood Stove Without a Chimney: $1250 – $4600 
  • Price to Install a Wood Stove With Adding a Chimney: $2400 – $7100
  • Labor to Install a Wood Stove: $300 – $1000

Total wood stove installation cost range: DIY starts at $1,250 or less for some stove models and rises to more than $8,000 for the priciest wood burning stoves with pro installation. Most homeowners buy a new wood stove, but there are some used models available that are worth considering too.

Overview of Wood Stoves – Is Installing One a Good Idea?

Installing a wood burning wood stove in your home, garage, or pole building is a good investment for a heat source with low operating costs when compared to propane or natural gas. This is especially true when wood is plentiful and inexpensive where you live.

When installing a wood stove there are a number of factors that need to be considered when trying to figure out how much to budget for your project. Not only do you have to purchase the stove, but you need a chimney or ventilation system for indoor installation. Also, you might want a hearth installed to place the wood stove on, and the entire area around the wood stove should be properly protected from the heat.

Read on to find out all the information you need to know about how much a wood stove will cost you to purchase and install.

Wood Stove Cost Factors

How much does a wood burning stove cost? These are broad ranges, and they’ll be explained in detail below, so that you can home in on your probable cost.

Wood Stove (new)$800 – $5000 with $1,800 average
Chimney System Installed$350 – $3600 with $1,500 average
Hearth Pad (optional)$200 – $600 with $375 average
Wall Covering (optional)$50 – $500 with $265 average
Labor (optional)$300 – $1000 with $450 to $675 average
  • Wood Stove – $400 to $5000: The most expensive part of installing a wood stove is the stove itself. You can expect to pay as little as $400 or so for a used wood stove, but can also spend as much as $5000 for a top-of-the-line wood stove. Below there will be a list of various brands of wood stoves and their average price. New stoves, except for the lower-cost cubic mini stoves, begin at $800 to $1,500 for most brands. The size of the stove (wood capacity), features such as a glass viewing window, design highlights or a fan (limited number of models) affect cost.
  • Chimney System – $350 to $3600: Another expensive component is a chimney for the installation of the wood stove. You can expect to pay between $350 to $3600 to add a chimney for your wood stove. This price varies depending on what type of stove you have and what kind of chimney you desire. About $1,500 for the materials and installation are average. But with such a wide range of installation factors, nailing this down is impossible. You’ll pay less venting through a wall than you will through a ceiling. That much is easy to figure out.
  • Hearth Pad – $200 to $600: Next up, on added costs, is the hearth pad. The hearth pad is what you will place your wood stove on and usually goes out a few feet in all directions from the wood stove. If your flooring is concrete or some type of brick, then a hearth pad is not necessary. The hearth pad protects your floor from being damaged by the heat and the occasional stray spark or ember from the wood stove. Hearth pads can be bought for between $200 and $600, depending on the type, size, and quality.
  • Wall Coverings – $50 to $500: The final material needed to purchase for the installation of a wood stove is the wall coverings. There should be some sort of fire/heat resistant wall covering around the wood stove area if the stove is set within 36 inches of the wall. Even fire-resistant drywall needs to be covered by some sort of material specifically designed for walls near a wood stove. Some of the most popular choices for wall coverings are stone veneer, brick, or stove board. A brick or masonry wall protection will cost around $30 per square foot.
  • Labor – $300 to $1000: The last expense that is included in the complete installation of a wood stove is the actual labor cost. You will pay between $300 and $1000 to have someone install the stove. The price for labor will be determined on the difficulty of the job and whether or not you will need to add a chimney or just line an existing chimney.

Prices by Brand

We’ve done the research, and here are wood stove prices from the best wood stove brands. A few of them are discontinued, as you can see, but retailers have some of them still in stock. Most will come with a warranty, and parts should be available for the foreseeable future. If you have concerns, then buy a stove from a manufacturer that is still in business (not discontinued).

Blaze King$1550 - $3570
Lopi$2975 - $4500
Jotul$1100 - $3200
Fisher (discontinued)$500 (used) - $3000 (new in box)
Regency$1500 - $3000
Kimberly$1500 - $4000
Morso$1300 - $3000
Avalon (discontinued)$500 (used) - $2000 (new in box)
Cubic Mini$250 - $600
Vermont Castings$1200 - $3600 
Country Flame$1800 - $4100
Hardy Wood Stove (outdoor wood burner)$2900 - $9000
Pacific Energy$1700 - $3000 
Rais$4000 - $5000
Schrader (discontinued)$250 - $1200 (used condition)
Hearthstone$3000 - $4000
Englander$900 - $2000

As you can see from the prices above, the cost to purchase a wood stove varies greatly from brand to brand and even within brands. Some models are now discontinued and can only be purchased via the third-party new/used market such as eBay and local retailers. Be sure to check to make sure that any wood stove you purchase can meet the most recent EPA standards for wood stoves. Some of the brands listed are stainless steel, cast iron, or cast iron with soapstone panels. Read on for more information, regarding the different types of freestanding or stand-alone wood stoves.

Freestanding or Stand-alone Wood Stove Prices

Stainless Steel$800 – $1600
Cast Iron$900 – $3000
Cast Iron with Soapstone Panels$2000 – $4500

Stainless steel wood stoves are a popular and very affordable choice for your wood stove choices. They are generally painted black and are commonly used. You can expect to pay anywhere from $800 to $1200 for a new stainless steel wood stove. It is possible to pay more than $1200 if you choose to buy a higher end model. Used stainless steel wood stoves can be purchased for around $400.

Cast Iron freestanding wood stoves average around $2100 to purchase, but you can pay as little as $900 and over $3000. This variety in price is due to brand and quality. You basically get what you pay for. Cast iron wood stoves can be bought for around $500 or less on the used market.

A cast iron wood stove with soapstone panels is the most expensive choice among stand alone or freestanding stoves. This type of wood stove is extremely efficient and does a great job of maintaining heat for an extended period of time. An added benefit to having this type of wood stove is that you will not have to add as much wood or fuel to the wood stove due to it being so highly efficient. You can expect to pay between $2000 and $4500 for a cast iron wood stove that has soapstone.

Prices by Installation Type

Cost of Installing a Wood Burning Stove Without a Chimney$300 – $3000
Cost of Installing a Wood Burning Stove with a Chimney$1000 – $3500
Cost of Converting a Gas Fireplace to a Wood Burning Stove$100 – $300
Wood Stove Insert Installation Cost$1500 – $4000

Cost of Installing a Wood Burning Stove Without a Chimney

Installing a wood stove without a chimney is possible, as long the proper steps are followed. There has to be some place for the smoke to leave your home. There are two options that you can choose when deciding how to proceed with your project: an external twin wall flue or an internal twin wall flue.

An external twin wall flue basically connects a pipe from your wood stove and exits out of an outside wall. It then goes up the side of your home a little above your roofline.

An internal twin wall flue runs a pipe from the wood stove and through the inside of your home and out to the roof. External twin wall flues are cheaper and easier to install than internal wall flues. Cost starts at only $300 if the entire project is small and easy to install, but if there is more work involved, a twin flue installation can cost up to $3000.

Cost of Installing a Wood Burning Stove with a Chimney

If your home already has an existing chimney and it is where you would like to have your wood stove, then you can tie in the proper chimney liner to your existing chimney in order to properly connect your wood stove and the chimney system. There are many different options to choose from when lining an existing chimney to be used with a wood stove, and each option comes with different prices. For example, clay can be used and is only around $6 per linear foot. On the other hand, stainless steel (flexible or rigid) is around $30 per linear foot. These prices do not include labor, as clay is difficult and very expensive to install. The labor alone to install a stainless steel chimney liner is between $800 and $1500 depending on site conditions and any other necessary work that needs to be done.

Cost of Converting a Gas Fireplace to a Wood Burning Stove

Unbelievably, it will only cost up to $300 to change your existing gas fireplace to a wood burning stove. However, if your current gas fireplace does not have a flue, then it is not possible. As will all projects, the more work that needs to be done, the more expensive the project will be.

Wood Stove Insert Installation Cost

While not the focus of this page, we thought comparing costs would be helpful.

To install an insert wood stove within an existing fireplace you can expect to pay as little as $1500 and up to or over $4000, depending how much extra work will be required with connecting the new insert with the existing chimney system. The labor cost for installing the insert will be between $800 and $1200. Additional costs will be the insert wood stove, piping, and chimney components.

Catalytic and Non-Catalytic Wood Stove

Catalytic Wood Burning Stove Diagram
Non-Catalytic Wood Burning Stove Diagram
Catalytic Wood Stove$1600 – $4500
Non-Catalytic Wood Stove$450 – $3000

Another thing to consider when buying and installing a wood stove is whether you are going to purchase a catalytic or a non-catalytic wood stove. Besides the price, the major difference between the two options is the catalytic wood stove has a catalytic combustion chamber that allows it to burn more smoke and ash before venting it outside. It is also around 10% more efficient than a conventional or non-catalytic wood stove.

The downside is that a catalytic wood stove is more difficult to operate and needs the catalytic chamber to be cleaned often. A non-catalytic wood stove is not as efficient, but is easier to use and a lot cheaper. You can buy a non-catalytic wood stove for as little as $450, whereas a lower end catalytic wood stove will cost at least $1600.

Cost of Extras

Here are a couple of extras to consider.

Stovepipe Cost$100 – $800
Chimney Cleaning Cost$150 – $300

The stovepipe is also known as the interior flue and is necessary for any wood stove installation. This pipe goes from the actual wood stove to either an outer wall or roof line. Most are 22 or 24 gauge and either single or double-walled. You can expect to pay as low as $100 and up to over $800 for the installation of a stovepipe, including materials.

Chimney cleaning costs are a yearly bit of maintenance that should never be skipped. Once a year, you should have a professional chimney cleaning business or chimney sweep come to your home to fully clean your chimney. It will cost between $150 and $300 to get your chimney cleaned out.

Other Wood Stove Options with Prices

Here are common wood stove types. Again, this page isn’t about wood boilers, but the cost is included for comparison.

Wood Stove for a Garage$1200 – $3600
Wood Stove for a Pole Building$1200 – $3600
Outdoor Wood Boiler System$6000 – $12000

Installing a wood stove for either a garage or a pole building is very similar to installing a wood stove in your home, but it is somewhat easier and cheaper. First of all, the layout of garages and pole buildings are open floor plans, so you will not have to work around walls and other obstacles. Also, a hearth will most likely not be required since the floor is usually concrete. Wall coverings and a chimney system will still be necessary, as will the proper installation of the wood stove. Many homeowners that choose to put a wood stove in their garage or pole building use pre-owned wood stoves, which can really cut the price down.

Homeowner Tip: Check with your homeowner’s insurance company and the local building codes to make sure that you are able to have a wood stove in your pole building or garage. It varies from area to area.

An outdoor wood boiler system is a similar, but very different type of wood heating source for your home. It is substantially more expensive than a typical wood burning wood stove, but an outdoor wood boiler system does more than just heat your home with wood. It also supplies hot water to your home, which can save a lot of money on energy bills. The initial price tag for a wood boiler system depends on the size of the boiler. A boiler that can put out up to 100,000 BTUs will cost as little as $3330.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, a boiler system that has the capacities for up to 300,000 BTU’s can cost up to $7775. When you factor in the boiler, the extra materials needed, and the labor for the installation, an outdoor boiler system will cost between $6000 and $12000.

Additional Price Factors

  • Permits – A permit is required when you are going to have a wood stove installed. This will cost anywhere from $50 to $250. The contractor or company you hire to install the wood stove will most likely acquire any necessary permits and include the cost in its wood stove installation estimate.
  • Outlets – An outlet will be required in order to run the fan that circulates the warm air from the wood stove. If you need to have an outlet installed, it will cost between $100 and $1,000 for a licensed electrician to handle the installation depending on whether an existing circuit can be used ($) or a new circuit must be added to the panel and wired to the outlet ($$$).
  • Detectors – You are required to have both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors before you install a wood stove. You can purchase these items for $30 to $110 each from any big box retail home improvement store or online.

Conclusion – Deciding on a Wood Stove

When purchasing and deciding to install a wood stove to heat your home, there is a nearly unlimited number of factors that must be considered.

First of all, do you buy a used wood stove or a brand new one?

Do you want your wood stove to be freestanding/stand alone or an insert?

Do you have a gas fireplace and want to convert it into a wood burning wood stove? If so, do you have the proper ventilation needed?

What type of chimney do I need?

How much does everything cost?

These are all questions that were covered in the content above, and we hope that this information will help you when you are deciding what type of wood stove you want to purchase and what everything will cost.

Written by

Rene has worked 10 years in the HVAC field and now is the Senior Comfort Specialist for PICKHVAC. He holds an HVAC associate degree and EPA & R-410A Certifications.

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