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Pricing a Custom Stone Fireplace – What To Expect

Last Updated: December 11, 2023

Ryan Maguire
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While the thought of a crackling fire might bring to mind a cold, snowy winter's night, you don't have to live in Northern climes to enjoy the benefits of a stone fireplace.

Whether you're using it for warmth, a center point for gatherings, or a little bit of each, stone fireplaces are an excellent addition to any home.

Choosing the right one, however, can seem daunting due to the large number of stone fireplace designs and options.

Stone Fireplace Cost #

Installing a new stone fireplace costs $5,000 to $10,000 on average depending on size, style, stone type and components included:

Stone Fireplace Construction

  • Basic stone firebox: $5,000 - $7,000
  • Custom designed: $8,000 - $15,000

Stone Facing

  • Stone veneers like marble or slate: $2,000 - $4,000
  • Full natural quarried stone: $5,000 - $12,000


  • Metal fire screen: $100 - $500
  • Iron/glass see-through door: $500 - $1,500


  • Stone mantel: $800 - $2,000
  • Custom wood/stone mantel: $1,200 - $4,000

Chimney Cap

  • Basic rain cap: $100 - $300
  • Decorative copper cap: $400 - $1,000

Stone fireplaces run higher due to extensive specialized masonry craftsmanship and material costs. Granite, marble and quartz tend to be the most expensive options.

Stone Fireplace Cost

Real-World Stone Fireplace Costs #

Here are some real-world quotes from homeowners on how much they paid to have custom stone fireplaces installed:

  • "I had a mason construct an outdoor patio fireplace using local split granite boulders and a concrete base. It was 36 inches wide and cost $7,200 with the chimney." - Thomas, Montana

  • "We went with a smaller 24 inch indoor see-through gas fireplace faced with white quartzite stone slabs that matched our kitchen counters. Fully installed it was $6,800." - Sabrina, Ohio

  • "I purchased a modular marble-faced fireplace unit for the living room. Having it delivered and installing the venting and gas line cost $3,900 total." - James, California

  • "We had a massive custom slate-front electric fireplace built as the focal point in our great room. Construction, materials, mantel and installation was $22,000." - Greg, Washington

As you see, stone fireplace costs typically start around $5k - $7k on the low-end for smaller, basic builds but go up significantly for luxury custom stonework and high-end material fronts like marble or quartz.

Stone Fireplace Considerations #

You should have a general idea of the type of stone fireplace you'd like installed before speaking with contractors. Use the following criteria to narrow down your choices.

  • Real vs. Manufactured Stone: The decision to use real stone such as marble or granite rather than manufactured stone (aka cast stone, cultured stone, faux stone, or stone veneer) comes down to cost and appearance. A manufactured stone fireplace made from a manmade limestone mixture tend to be less expensive, while natural stone is heavier and more difficult to work with but offers a rustic, classical appearance. Whichever option you go with, you'll have a huge variety of stone colors and finishes to choose from.
  • Gas vs. Wood Burning: While an open flame can certainly be romantic, dealing with the ash and dust from a wood burning fireplace isn't quite so charming. Fortunately, you can install a stone fireplace that uses gas burning logs and have the warmth of a fire without the mess.
  • Indoor vs. Outdoor: The heat and ambiance provided by a fireplace doesn't have to be limited to the indoors. Opt for outdoor stone fireplace installation and you'll have the perfect place for cookouts, campfires, and other backyard gatherings.
  • Style: When it comes to stone fireplace design, your options are virtually unlimited. Between the varieties of available stone, the size of the fireplace, and the appearance of the hearth, mantel, crown, and other fireplace elements, you have your work cut out for you. Once you do a bit of research on your own a contractor should be able to help you work out the final design.

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