Post your job for free, get up to 3 quotes

What type of tradesperson do you need?

What type of job is it?

Find a local fireplace specialist

This page has everything you'll need to know about finding and hiring a local fireplace installer.

Browse Fireplace specialists

Take a look at our Fireplace specialists profiles, read reviews and request quotes directly.

We are a reliable company with competent team of workers. Our priority is quality of service provided. We look after our customers!

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by David on 18/7/2018

Brilliant job done by both Lucas and Jarek. We are really pleased by their speed, tidiness, end result and the general conscientious, high quality approach that they take to their work. Would recommend and use again!

Crowley plastering is a family run business in the upper area of Shirley .Fully insured With over 30 years in the plastering trade and a full apprenticeship served and in business for over 25 years .I work in the domestic market so working with this company is perfect for me . I do all plastering jobs from small holes in walls to your Extensions overboards of ceilings skimming of walls and the very popular skimming over Artex .External rendering pebble dash and smooth rendering .We also carry out all your small maintenance jobs from fence panels to stiff doors painting and any domestic repair . All work is carried out very professional and to a top quality and kept very clean as we would expect in my own house .thank you for taking time out to read this and I hope we can do business with all new customers . Mark crowley

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Robert on 18/7/2018

Mark did a fantastic job really pleased with the result would recommend him highly absolutely first class.

Carpentry, kitchen/bathroom fitting. gardening, decorating. Multiskilled tradesmen. No up front payment, only on completion and customer satisfaction.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Huw on 18/7/2018

Did a superb job, I would recommend to anyone, tidied up after them as well unlike other tradesmen we have had in the past.

We specialise in all type of carpentry services in London and surrounding areas,from installing shelvs,fitting doors, to fitted wardrobes and new storage units,fit kitchens,flooring,decking etc. Don't hesitate to call us for a free quote!

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Durald on 17/7/2018

Top Guy, done the job as expected and price was good.

Most of trades covered for your property and garden maintenance. Handyman service, painting, roofing, gardening, fencing and etc.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by S on 17/7/2018

Difficult to check whether gutters are clear!!

With over 5 years experience in the building industry I decided to start up my own company. I have qualifications in Bricklaying, tiling, plumbing and electrics. We tackle all sorts of work from assembling flat pack furniture and replacing socket and light bulbs to building walls and putting up shelves, unblocking plumbing systems to changing doors. My work focuses on the domestic and private work and the smaller jobs in the industry so I can commit to my jobs and get the work done.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by sola on 16/7/2018

Very nice chap with great work ethic

Clagz Plumbing and Property Services is a Cardiff based business. We offer domestic and commercial plumbing, heating, gas and property services to customers throughout South Wales. At Clagz Plumbing and Property Services we pride ourselves on price transparency, good honest advice and work completed to the highest standards. Our staff are highly qualified and experienced to attend and remedy any problems you have encountered.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by ALISON on 16/7/2018

Well what can I say, arrived on time, two very pleasant guys, left my kitchen as they found it, very reasonable price, altogether excellent service, very very pleased with the work these guys did.

Qualified plumbing, heating and gas engineer - 35 years in the trade and 20 years Gas Safe registered. Full bathroom design and installation. New central heating and boiler installations and upgrades. Also all general building works carried out inside and out. Please contact Mark for a quotation.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Martin on 16/7/2018

Nice guy , work was of a high standard and cleaned up well each day. I would use again and happily recommend him.

Caledonia have been a family run business for 20+ years, with a wide range of property maintenance experience. We offer a vast range of services which include but are not limited to; -Landscape design -Roofing and building work -Garden and tree maintenance Over the years Caledonia have maintained a high quality and standard of work, ensuring only the best for our customers. We endeavour to be as competitive with our prices providing customers with an affordable service which we are very proud of. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for a free no obligation quote. James, Caledonia

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Laura on 15/7/2018

Happy with work, would recommend to others.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Louis on 13/7/2018

Top job. The team worked really hard and really fast. Really excellent.

Post your job for free and up to 3 tradesmen will be in contact to quote

What type of tradesperson do you need?

What type of job is it?

Fireplace specialists - what you need to know

The range of fireplaces available today is extremely diverse – from those traditional, grand hearths and surrounds to modern, elegant and minimal units. Whatever the style or size you need, there’s almost certainly an option to suit what you’re looking for.

The cost and complexity of installing your fireplace will depend on the fuel source (in other words the type of fireplace) you choose. The majority of fireplaces will be an open stove, a wood burner, a gas fire or an electric model.

Each type has its own strengths. If your home already has a chimney, replacing all (or part) of an open fireplace can be relatively cost-effective and straightforward. Wood burners are often retro-fitted into homes without a chimney, as their flues can be run up an external wall. Gas and electric models are convenient options when space is at a premium, as well as providing the convenience of instant heat.

It’s worth remembering the primary function of the fireplace though – to heat your home. Unleashing the intense heat of an open fireplace in a small room might not be advisable. Similarly, a small electric or gas unit may not kick out enough warmth for a large room or open-plan area. Your tradesperson should be able to advise you here.

Cost of fireplace installation

The cost of installing a fireplace can vary significantly, depending on the type you opt for and the preparatory work required.

Fireplace cost

    • Budget: £500
    • Medium: £1,000
    • Expensive: £2,000+

Labour

  • Budget: £750
  • Medium: £1,500
  • Expensive: £3,000+

What types of fireplace are there?

The open fireplace

This is the most traditional. Quite simply, unless your house already has a chimney breast, it’s unlikely that installing an open fireplace will be a cost-effective option. If you do have a chimney, replacing an existing open fireplace is relatively simple – either the entire stove can be replaced, or selected elements (like the grate, hearth or surround). As well as sweeping your chimney prior to installing a new fireplace, you may need your flue relined to prevent carbon dioxide from leaking into your home, so beware of that potential added bill.

Wood-burning stoves

Next up, and the vogue fireplace choice for the last decade - the wood-burning stove. Wood burners have a few advantages compared with open stoves. They’re particularly efficient when it comes to heating your home, they’re not as messy as an open fireplace, and they can also be installed without the need for a traditional chimney breast.

Gas fireplaces

These were once drab, dated and dull. That’s no longer the case, with today’s models not only looking the part, but offering convenience and efficiency too. They can even be wall-mounted if you don’t want to sacrifice space for a fireplace hearth and surround, and some have handy features like remote control operation. Ventilation is something you’ll need to consider with a gas fireplace, however.

Electric fireplaces

Perhaps the ultimate in convenience, even if they’re not the most authentic. Modern units can be incredibly efficient and cheap to run. And, while you won’t benefit from a real flame, even the slenderest wall-mounted models can pump out an impressive amount of heat.

Fireplace accessories

The accessories you need will depend on the type of fireplace you install. Both open stoves and wood burners will require more accessories, allowing you to safely load logs or coal. A suitable pair of fireplace tongs and a dedicated shovel are must-haves. Ideally, you’ll also have a stove brush, a log basket and potentially a coal bucket too.

From a safety perspective, and particularly important for families with young children, it’s advisable to have a fire guard – especially for open stoves and wood burners. Guards for gas fires may also be a wise choice – while there’s nothing to spit or jump out from the fire, it’ll help keep little hands away from hot elements.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

There are a number of important qualifications when it comes to fireplace installation, and the one your tradesperson requires will depend on what they’re installing (or modifying).

Both open stoves and wood burners require a HETAS-registered professional. HETAS is the organisation that makes sure appliances and installers of wood and solid mineral fuel fireplaces adhere to the required safety criteria.

For gas appliances, your tradesperson must hold Gas Safe registration. This applies no matter whether you’re replacing one gas fire with another, simply removing and decommissioning an old gas fire, or installing a gas fireplace from scratch. Your Gas Safe-registered professional will also be able to advise you on a maintenance schedule, which is an important consideration.

Finally, for electric fireplaces your tradesperson will need NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) accreditation. This will make sure they can install and officially sign off the work – this record will be required should you sell your home.

Planning permission for fireplace installation

The only planning considerations when it comes to fireplace installation are chimneys and external flues. Ordinarily, planning permission is not required if your chimney or flue doesn’t extend 1 metre above the highest part of the roof.

To read the list of fireplace-specific planning considerations, visit the planning portal website.

Insurance for fireplace installation

If you’re having a new fireplace installed, be sure to ask whether the supplier has a warranty. Most will include warranties extending anywhere from 1-5 years, giving you peace of mind.

You’ll also need to ask about public liability insurance. It’s easy to overlook this or assume that your tradesperson has it covered, but public liability insurance is important to protect you and your property against any (albeit unlikely) damage.

Questions you should ask your fireplace installation specialist

  • Which type of fireplace would they recommend (and why)?
  • If they supply the fireplace, does it come with a warranty?
  • Can they show you their public liability insurance?
  • Do they hold the required HETAS, Gas Safe or NICEIC accreditation?

How our service works

  • Create a job - it's free

    We'll connect you with the right tradesperson, from over 30 different trades.

  • Get quotes

    Up to 3 tradespeople can provide a quote, but on average you'll get 1-2.

  • Check ratings

    Look at each tradesperson's profile page to see their ratings and reviews.

  • Pick a tradesperson

    Use our homeowner checklist for extra tips on choosing a tradesperson.

  • Job done

    Leave a rating for your tradesperson based on quality, reliability and value.


Recently completed jobs

Here's what's been happening in and around your area

Install chimney lintel /...

We have a potentially unsupported chimney stack following the chimney breasts being removed by previous owners of the house. Both first floor and...

WOOD LOG BURNER

To remove gas fire in lounge and fit log burner and fireplace

Reinstating an open fire

original victorian fireplace currently has a gas fire fitted. we are wanting to remove this and reinstate an open fireplace

Install a woodburner/mulifuel...

Replace the gas flue liner , open fireplace up and tile etc. install multifuel/wood burning stove.

HETAS Engineer

Hi, I have a existing log burner in my Extension and needs a smoke test done please.

Install a gas fireplace

Hi there, I have a period property with a bricked up fireplace in living room - looking to reopen and install a cast iron gas fireplace, would love...

Wood burner

I need to have a radiator removed, a space in the wall carved and tiled to fit a woodburner with the appropriate flu and also install a vertical...

Chimney Sweep

converting gas fireplace to open fireplace and want to get chimney swept. we have not used the fireplace before as new to the house.

Wood burner

Advise on liner and fit of wood burner

Install fireplace and...

Open up fireplace and install woodburner, chimeny liner and and fire surround and associated works

How our service works

  1. Create a job - it's free

    We'll connect you with the right tradesmen, from over 30 different trades.

  2. Get quotes

    Up to 3 tradesmen can provide a quote, but on average you'll get 1-2.

  3. Check ratings

    Look at each tradesperson's profile to see their ratings and reviews.

  4. Pick a tradesperson

    Use our homeowner checklist for extra tips on choosing a tradesperson.

  5. Job done

    Leave a rating for your tradesperson based on quality, reliablity and value.