The cost of removing a fireplace and chimney ranges from $3,000 to $6,000, including removing the stack and breast, building structural support, and restoring the walls, floor, and roof. The cost of removing everything below or above the roofline for a partial fireplace or chimney demolition ranges from $500 to $2,500. Instead of complete demolition, a fireplace and chimney breast can be removed below the roofline while the stack and chimney flue are left intact.
It costs $25 to $50 per vertical linear foot to demolish a site-built stone, masonry, or brick fireplace, not considering structural support, rubbish removal, or home repairs. Walls, flooring, siding, painting, and roofing repairs cost $1,000 to $2,000 in the area where the fireplace or hearth used to be. A fireplace insert may be taken out in hours, whereas a complete demolition can take two to five days. The value of a home can be lowered by removing a fireplace. In colder climates, fireplaces are a popular feature among homebuyers. Installing a new energy-efficient fireplace should come first.
Chimney Removal Costs
The cost of removing a chimney varies depending on its size, height, location, whether it’s a full or partial demolition, and the amount of structural support required. To fix a leaking or leaning chimney stack or to free up additional space in residence, a partial removal may be all that’s required.
Chimney full demolition cost
The cost of a complete chimney demolition, which includes everything above and below the roofline, ranges from $2,500 to $7,500. Complete removal entails removing the chimney stack, breast, flue, or liner, and, in many cases, the firebox and hearth, as well as adding structural support and fixing the roof, walls, and floor.
Cost to remove a chimney stack above roof line
The cost of removing a chimney stack ranges from $800 to $2,000, including everything above the roofline. The stack removal process includes scaffolding, chimney destruction, flue liner and debris removal, chimney hole sealing, and roof repairs. The entire chimney must be removed above and below the roofline for chimneys that extend along the exterior of a home, such as a “bolt-on.” When removing the breast, leaving the chimney stack intact is sometimes necessary.
In a duplex or row house, the chimney stack is shared. Furnaces and water heaters, for example, use the chimney chase for ventilation. Installing a chase cover or top pan flush with the roof is one possibility. It is critical to preserve the house’s exterior architecture. Depending on the size of the chimney stack, demolition, repairs, and cleanup might take anywhere from half a day to three days.
Cost to remove a chimney breast
Hiring a structural engineer, demolition, structural support, and patching walls, ceilings, and floors are all included in the cost of removing a chimney breast, which ranges from $1,500 to $2,500. The fireplace is encased from ceiling to floor by a chimney breast, which may be removed without demolishing the chimney stack. Gallows brackets or steel beams should be used to support any component of the top chimney that remains after the breast has been removed. The cost of installing steel beams ranges from $100 to $400 per foot.
Chimney flue or liner removal cost
Including materials and installation, removing and replacing a chimney liner costs $1,200 to $4,600 or $30 to $120 per linear foot. The cost is determined by the liner’s length, diameter, condition, the type of liner being placed, and whether or not the existing flue poses an asbestos concern. Liner costs are higher for taller chimneys or chimneys with several offsets or bends than shorter, straighter chimneys. Cast-in-place concrete liners or clay tile flues, which need a rotating, weighted tile breaker, are easier and less expensive to remove.
A flue is a duct within the chimney housing that allows smoke and combustion gases to escape to the outside. Modern chimneys feature a flue liner made of clay, concrete, or stainless steel, although older masonry chimneys may not have one. Old, unlined flues constitute a severe fire hazard and should be replaced as soon as feasible.
Cost to remove a wood-burning stove
Removing a wood-burning fireplace or stove ranges from $500 to $1,000, including demolition labor, debris removal, chimney capping, wall, ceiling, and roof patching. Removing or covering the ventilation system may incur additional costs. Old wood-burning stoves are dangerous because they increase indoor air pollution and the risk of smoke emission. It’s safer, more efficient, and eliminates creosote and smoke accumulation to upgrade to a new EPA-certified wood-burning stove.
Cost to remove electric or gas fireplace insert
Depending on the size, fuel source, kind of ventilation system, and whether or not the chimney breast needs to be demolished, removing an electric or gas fireplace insert costs $500 to 2,500. The expense of removing the fireplace insert is merely a portion of the total. The cost of removing a gas fireplace insert is higher, and the chimney must be caped or the entire chimney breast removed. Disconnecting the wiring on an electric fireplace without a flue or chimney is relatively easy to do yourself or with the help of an electrician.
Capping the chimney, closing off or removing pipes and vents, removing trim and flashing, drywall repair (if directly vented through a wall), and adding brackets or neighboring joists to continue supporting the breast are all possible costs.
Removing outdoor fireplaces cost
Depending on the size, frame, fuel supply, accessibility, and whether the fireplace is free-standing, removing it costs $500 to $2,000. Demolition of masonry and brick costs $25 to $50 for each vertical linear foot and employing contractors to disconnect the gas line and wiring costs $200 to $500. Indoor-outdoor fireplaces connected to the house and require wall repair and structural support are subject to additional charges.
Removing a chimney might range from $1,000 to $10,000. Multiple-story chimneys generate additional waste that needs to be removed. For instance, the cost to dismantle a two-story stack may be approximately $2,000, but the cost to dismantle a two additional bundle may well be nearer to $3,000, even though you are unlikely to be paid per square foot.