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Fireplace Installation

Whether or not you can install your new fireplace yourself depends on which type of fireplace you select, and what your skills and training are. If you select a gas fireplace, for example, you will at the very least need to have a licensed plumber check your gas line and connect it to your fireplace.

Our experts at recommend that you hire a certified professional to install your fireplace.

Nonetheless, we receive lots of questions regarding fireplace installation. Here are our responses to the most frequently asked questions:

Who should install my new fireplace?

Just to be clear, we'll say it again: We recommend that you hire a certified professional to install your fireplace. It's a safety issue, people, let's not mess around.

Here are some good resources for finding an installer in your area:

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)

National Fireplace Institute


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How much will it cost to install my fireplace?

You can expect to pay a few hundred dollars to have a fireplace insert installed, more or less depending on the complexity of your installation. Will you need to have modifications made to an existing masonry fireplace or chimney, for example? Do you have an existing gas line that can be extended? If you've chosen a direct vent model, a pathway for pipes will need to be made through an exterior wall or the roof.

Do I need a permit to install my fireplace?

Your hired professional installer, should check with the building and zoning department in your particular city. Most cities will have permit requirements for gas piping and/or electrical modifications to any home or business structure. A certified installer in your area will be familiar with application and inspection requirements and should do the work of obtaining any necessary permits for you.

How long will it take to install my fireplace?

Each installation will present challenges that are particular to your specific home, so it is difficult to give you an exact estimate of installation time. However, you can expect the installation of a vented gas fireplace insert to take a minimum of two days, while simpler vent-free or electric fireplaces and inserts will likely take less time to install.

Additional Resources

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association

Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance

DIY Network

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