The initial outlay for a stove may seem expensive but this can quickly be recovered. Wood is still relatively cheap compared with other alternatives and an added advantage of wood burning stoves over open fires is that they are 70/80% efficient compared with 20/25% of an open fire. This is because an open fire has to suck a lot of your warm air out of the room which is then replaced by cold air from outside. This better efficiency will save you money... with the same amount of logs you will benefit from at least three times the amount of heat by installing a wood burning stove; so you won't need to use as much fuel. Most modern designs include a large glass door so you still benefit from the comfort of sitting in front of flickering, living flames on a cold winter's night. If you choose a stove design with an air-wash, the glass will stay clean too!
The fitting of wood burning stoves and lining of chimneys must, by law, be done by a HETAS registered engineer or inspected and passed by Building Control. I am an approved HETAS engineer.
The liners I fit are stainless steel (316 or 904) and I back-fill with vermiculite as this keeps the chimney warm; keeping it clean and improving the efficiency of your stove.
I can modify or enlarge existing fireplace openings, even create a fireplace where there has not been one before. These can be left plain and plastered or I can create a new surround and hearth using reclaimed stone. This often works out cheaper than using new stone and has the added benefit of recycling existing materials whilst making your stove look like it has always been part of your home.