Category Archives: Fireplace Facts & Advice

Using Your Fireplace or Stove During a Power Outage

One of the most common emergencies in our homes is losing power. At first, losing power is just an inconvenience, but if it lasts more than a few hours, it can become a more serious situation.

Using Your Fireplace or Stove During a Power Outage

Using Your Fireplace or Stove During a Power Outage

During the cold months, power outages can result in loss of heat, making it uncomfortable or even impossible to stay in our homes. When this happens, we appreciate our fireplaces and stoves more than ever. Here’s how to be prepared:

Wood-burning Hearth Products

  • If you have a wood pile and a wood-burning fireplace or stove, you’re in good shape to keep your house warm during a power outage.

Gas Fireplaces – Standing Pilot

  • If your gas fireplace has a standing pilot, it should light itself fine during a power outage since it doesn’t require electricity to activate the pilot flame. If you need to light it manually, consult your owner’s manual.

Gas Fireplaces – Intermittent Pilot Ignition

  • If your gas fireplace was manufactured recently, it may have an energy-saving intermittent pilot ignition system, which requires electricity to spark the pilot flame each time it’s used. Many models, like Heat & Glo gas fireplaces and inserts are outfitted with IntelliFire or IntelliFire Plus ignition systems, which have battery backup systems that can be used to light the pilot during a power outage. Generally, IntelliFire systems require two D cell batteries, and IntelliFire Plus systems require four AA batteries. If you have a remote control or a wall switch with a display, find the control box in the lower controls of the fireplace or behind the stove. There will be a switch that slides between ON, OFF and REMOTE – slide this to ON for the appliance to operate with the power off. If you have questions, consult your owner’s manual.

Pellet stoves and inserts

  • They require electricity to light the flame and many models are available with battery backup systems. Consult your owner’s manual to determine what size and how many batteries are needed. Also, keep in mind that sometimes power outages can cause power surges that may damage circuit boards and motors. For this reason, it’s a good idea to unplug your pellet stove during a storm, or plug it into a surge protector. Another option for lighting your stove is to plug it into a generator, if you have one.
  • Keep in mind that batteries should be used only in the event of a power outage, as battery longevity can be affected by the temperature of the appliance. So, remove the batteries when you’re not using them during a power outage.

Hearth products become great assets during power outages! If you have questions, please consult your owner’s manual or your local hearth dealer.

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Direct Vent Fireplaces

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces we carry a large variety of fireplaces (direct vent, B-vent, wood burning, outdoor and electric).

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Direct vent fireplaces are one of Henges Insulation & Fireplaces’ most popular fireplace models, and it’s easy to see why. A direct vent fireplace burns so efficiently that it can be vented directly out a wall rather than through a traditional chimney and vent system.

With authentic-looking gas log fires, many homeowners are taking advantage of the convenience of a direct vent fireplace, while enjoying the ambiance of a traditional wood-burning fire too.

We professionally install Majestic fireplaces, Vermont Castings fireplaces and stoves, and Country Flame flex fuel stoves and wood burning fireplaces. We look forward to helping you choose a hearth product that meets your needs and preferences.


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KC Fireplace Repair

In addition to being a home insulation company, we also excel in fireplace repair. Our experience includes everything from gas fireplace repair to free-standing heat sources such as wood and coal stoves. For home insulation and fireplace repair in Kansas City, Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is the company to call.

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To prevent dangerous home fires or carbon monoxide deaths in buildings, you need expert fireplace repair from our qualified technicians. As fuel burns inside a fireplace’s firebox, the ashes float up leaving particles and soot that create a layer of flammable creosote. We use specialized tools such as long handled brushes and heavy-duty vacuums to scrape creosote layers from the interior of chimneys.  At the same time, we can replace broken parts inside the devices to ensure your home passes local safety codes. A yearly fireplace inspection by knowledgeable technicians is recommenced to inspect the device’s firebox and chimney for buildup of debris that can block dangerous smoke. In addition to indoor fireplace repair in Kansas City, we climb on a building’s rooftop to inspect for damage on exterior surfaces that can block deadly carbon monoxide emissions.

Our main goal is to make sure that you are satisfied with your fireplace. We will do everything that we can to give you the best service possible. We not only want you to use our company again, but we also want you to refer your family members and friends to our company.

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Spring, the season of….fireplaces?

May Day, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day all remind us of Spring and the upcoming warmer weather.  While we look forward to it immensely, most of us have that one permanent piece of furniture that gets neglected this time of year: the fireplace.  While we bask in the heat of it during the late fall and winter, we simply glance over it as soon as the weather gets warmer.  Henges can provide you with a beautiful fireplace, however, we’re not designers and what you put on the surrounding wall is not something we deal with in general.  That’s why we’ve borrowed ideas from our friends at DIY Life.  Check out the link below for some great ideas for your fireplace during the upcoming months when it’s not in use.  Happy decorating!

Get a Clear View with New Majestic See-Thru Fireplace

With fireplaces becoming more and more of a design statement in the home, fireplace manufacturers, such as Majestic, are exploring the depths of style innovation with contemporary new looks.

Majestic see through fireplace Henges

Majestic See-Thru Fireplace:

The new Majestic STLDVD Pearl Designer See-Thru fireplace allows you to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of the fireplace in two rooms with its wide, unobstructed tempered glass face. With several accessory options, you can customize the fireplace with interior dimmable accent lights, decorative brick or porcelain panels, and stone and glass kits in diamond, onyx, emerald, sapphire, and bronze.

You don’t have to sacrifice performance for style, though. The new Majestic See-Thru fireplace burns natural gas or propane gas and includes touchscreen control of the three-step flame height, the ability to vent horizontally or vertically, and a premium log set and glowing ember bed.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces has a comprehensive team of trained professionals with years of critical, hands-on experience. These experts will help you choose the fireplace or insulation best-suited for your home. Our certified installers have undergone extensive training and regular re-certifications and will work with you to get the job done right.

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, our experienced team offers nothing less than outstanding customer service. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and competitive pricing. If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600 or complete the contact form. We look forward to working with you!

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Plan Your Outdoor Living Space Now

Don’t let warm weather sneak up on you this year. Start thinking of how you want to build or remodel your outdoor living space to make sure all is set for enjoying your ideal retreat this spring and summer. Don’t worry, we will be covering outdoor living ideas frequently throughout the next few months to help you get started.

Need some inspiration? Check out a recent feature in Kansas City Homes & Gardens about a fabulous outdoor living space that includes an enviable outdoor kitchen and wood-burning stone fireplace underneath a covered lanai as well as a swimming pool, pool house, and other amenities. There’s even room for a flat-screen!

Outdoor Living Design

You can customize your outdoor living space to your design style and budget with all the choices that are available today. Contact Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Olathe, Kan., to discuss your thoughts, and we will come up with a solution that works for you.

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Heating Fuel: A New Use for Corn

Corn is catching on! The National Corn Growers Association promotes the use of corn as heating fuel in a recent post on its blog, “Corn Commentary.” The post discusses the widespread use of corn as fuel in Michigan and how that state’s corn growers have connected with a developing consumer base interested in heating with corn.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces has joined the alternative energy movement by offering corn-burning, biomass, and flex-fuel stoves. These eco-friendly stoves not only decrease our dependence on foreign oil and are better for the environment, but they can also save you money on your heating bills.

Check out this story about how one family made the switch to a versatile flex-fuel stove, and contact Henges in Olathe, Kan., for more information.

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6 Fireplace Safety Tips

The Home Safety Council has 6 fireplace safety tips worth repeating during this time of year. To prevent house fires and burns while operating your fireplace, remember these tips.

Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplace Safety Tips:

  1. Burn only seasoned wood, not trash or other flammable items because those may emit poisonous or harmful fumes or ignite.
  2. Use UL-certified creosote logs to prevent the build-up of creosote in your chimney, which should be professionally inspected each year.
  3. Be sure your chimney flue (if applicable) is open before turning on your fireplace.
  4. Keep embers contained with glass doors or a fireplace screen.
  5. Install and make sure smoke detectors are working inside each level of your home, especially near sleeping areas.
  6. To avoid burns, don’t let children play near working fireplaces or wood stoves.

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, our experienced team offers nothing less than outstanding customer service. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and competitive pricing. If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600 or complete the contact form. We look forward to working with you!

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16 Ideas for Textured Fireplace Surrounds

On, homeowners and design professionals share their favorite looks and ideas for home decorating and improvement, including fireplaces. One user created an ideabook using images uploaded on the site that featured 16 ideas for textured fireplace surrounds made with materials such as marble, stacked stone, ceramic tile, wood paneling, and more.

Fireplace Surrounds

The author took a particular liking to this ceramic tile fireplace surround located inside a home designed by J. Weiss Design in San Francisco. The ceramic tile helps create a sleek, modern look without being boring or too minimalist.
Check out more textured fireplace surrounds, and let us know which one is your favorite by leaving a comment.

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6 Gas Log Sets at Henges Fireplaces in Kansas City

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City carries 6 different gas log sets for vented and vent-free gas fireplaces and inserts. We have vented and vent-free gas logs made by Monessen and Majestic available in several sizes and styles.

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Gas Log Sets:

Vented log sets work with fireplaces that rely on an open chimney flue or damper, while vent-free logs are designed for fireplaces with closed chimney flues or fireplaces without a flue.

Each log set is expertly crafted to give the appearance of real wood and flames, but each will produce a different level of efficiency. Vent-free gas logs are generally more efficient, but have a less robust flame compared with a vented gas log set.

Stop by Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City to see displays of our gas log sets and receive advice on buying. Check local building codes before purchasing a gas log set to make sure it is in compliance with the law.

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