Making “Cents” of Gas Fireplace Pricing
It’s difficult to put a hard number on the cost of a gas fireplace installation. With the wide variety of options available, prep work required and even geographic considerations, the costs can vary greatly. While we won’t be able to give you a true out-the-door price , here are some general guidelines to help you budget for a gas fireplace installation.
General Gas Fireplace Cost Considerations
As mentioned above, there are many variables that affect the final cost of your fireplace installation. The most common details to consider are the price of the fireplace unit being installed, gas line installation and framing and finish work. You’ll also want to consider the venting requirements of the unit you wish to install.
The Cost of a Gas Fireplace Unit
We offer a wide variety of fireplace options at Fireplaces Direct. Depending on the size, style and features of the unit you’re looking to buy, your cost may vary by several thousand dollars. Premium ignition options, reversibility and even log set quality can all factor into your final price.
The Cost of Running Gas Lines
A new gas fireplace will require new gas lines to supply fuel to the unit. This can cost anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars depending on how far the line will need to run.
The Cost of Framing and Finish Work
A completed gas fireplace project can take on many different appearances. From a clean-face flush installation in a wall to a full fireplace insert with a complete masonry hearth and everything in between, the sheer number of customization options for fireplaces is one of their most desirable features. Depending on what you’d like your finished project to look like, you’ll want to budget for framing and finish work in line with your desired final product.
Installation Costs of Vented vs. Vent-Free Appliances
One of the most important decisions you’ll need to make when buying a fireplace is whether or not to install a vented or a vent-free unit. We go into greater detail on this in a different article, so be sure to read that for more info about the different options available and which one will work better for your installation.
Vented Fireplace Installation Costs
By itself, a vented fireplace can range from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on size, shape and features. This doesn’t include the cost of venting pipe (you can find more in our buying guide), which will add to overall installation costs due to material as well as specialized labor. According to Home Advisor, the average installed cost of a vented fireplace is between $3,500 and $7,500.
One detail to consider is that fireplace installation will oftentimes be cheaper on a new installation versus a remodel. This is due to the fact that it will be easier for installers to frame out the fireplace and access walls, attic space or a roof to install venting on new construction.
Vent-Free Fireplace Installation Costs
One of the biggest benefits of a ventless system is its lower cost due to the lack of venting pipe required. On average, a vent-free installation will cost between $2,000 and $3,500, making this a more cost-effective option for those remodeling on a budget. However, vent-free fireplaces are not permitted in all areas, so be sure to check local codes and guidelines before installing to ensure local regulations are met.
What Does it Cost to Run a Gas Fireplace?
The cost to run a gas fireplace will vary depending on the features of the fireplace. Specifications such as standing pilot versus non-standing pilot (IPI), BTU output, hours of use and fuel type will all play a factor. With that said, the average cost to run a natural gas fireplace is approximately $0.70/hour or about $60/year, while propane costs approximately $2.30/hour or $200/year.
Bottom Line: The Cost to Install a Gas Fireplace
Typically speaking, those looking to budget for a gas fireplace installation should plan to spend anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 for all costs. While this can be a considerable expense, a fireplace installation has a great return on value when it comes time to sell your home. On average, a fireplace can return upwards of 90 percent of your investment, and eight out of 10 realtors see fireplaces adding between $1,000 and $5,000 to a home’s value according to a 2016 survey.
Gas Fireplace Alternatives
While gas fireplaces are certainly the most popular option on the market today, they’re far from the only option available. Wood fireplaces remain popular for those looking for higher heat outputs to lower energy bills, while electric fireplaces offer an excellent way to add warmth and beauty to a home at a much lower entry cost.
Think a different type of fireplace may be right for you? Check out our fireplace buying guide to learn about other options.
Get Help from Our Fireplace Experts
Buying a fireplace can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Our product specialists are trained and knowledgeable about the products available on our website, and they can help you find the best option for your project. Contact us by phone or email to speak with a member of the team.