A fireplace can be the main talking point of any room, so it is important to choose the right one to complement the desired ambience. The cost of a new fireplace is subject to the quality, model, size and style. AGA wood-burning stoves have enhanced their reputation since the 1920s and are the epitome of excellence. For this reason, an AGA cast-iron log burner can be in the region of £3,000.
Fortunately, there are various designs of fireplace on the market to cater for every taste and budget. A selection of unpretentious electric stove fires, for the modest buyer, can be bought for less than £80, with the more exclusive models approaching the £350 mark.
Customers now have a greater choice, with Valor at the forefront of quality and design. Outdoor log burners can be bought for £50, whilst indoor log burners for sale in the UK range from £600 to £2,500. Contemporary models are just as popular as the more traditional styles and are sold in a variety of colours.
Installation costs for any fireplace is a major consideration, and the price is dependent on the individual company. A bespoke fireplace can cost £2,500 for installation, and one would expect to pay £700 for the installation of an electric fireplace. A non-chimney gas model usually costs £600 to install.
Fireplace accessories are both decorative and practical.
As with the fireplace itself, the style of accessories is purely down to the homeowner’s taste. Antique fire grates and coal buckets are often bought at auctions for thousands of pounds, but there are plenty of modern alternatives on offer. Fire bellows cost approximately £40, and “hearth tidies” – a brush and small shovel combination – can be bought for £30. Coal buckets are usually cast-iron and come in traditional copper or the more modern black paint finish. Both styles can be purchased for £35, with the more expensive models nearing the £100 mark.
Ash pans and fire grates, too, are typically cast-iron and start at £25 each depending on the design. Chimney brushes and coal tongs start at £15 apiece. Log racks are commonly steel or wrought iron, and come in several shapes: crescent, triangular or hoop. Prices start from £30.
Fire guards are essential for open solid fuel fires to minimise the chance of sparks. Chrome and brass are the most popular designs, and prices start from £30.