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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Tell Campfire Stories for Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time to gather family and friends around and tell campfire stories. Maybe you have some tall tales of your own that have been passed down through generations. If not, start the tradition this year. Here are some ideas for campfire stories to make your own:

There are hundreds of homegrown campfire stories, with plenty of Halloween stories too, available from American Folklore.  Just print out and read. Use your best dramatic storyteller voice to entertain everyone! Or just download and play the site’s ghost story podcasts. Parents may want to pre-screen stories and podcasts to make sure they aren’t too scary for the little ones.

Speaking of little ones, kids will love this three-part You Tube video series in which a hilarious family-friendly campfire story is told by animated characters Hoops & YoYo, created by Kansas City-based Hallmark Corporation. Sit back, relax, and enjoy from your computer:

How are you celebrating Halloween? Tell us by leaving a comment.

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Decorate Your Fireplace for Halloween

Whether you have started using your fireplace this year or not, you can turn it into a stylish space for Halloween. Decorate your fireplace for Halloween from the inside out to make a festive scene. Try these ideas for making your fireplace shine:

Stuff the fireplace full of crafty pumpkins as seen in Good Housekeeping:

Dress up your fireplace mantel and with spooky seasonal accessories, natural items, screens, and candles as seen on Casa Sugar design blog.

Or, just let it burn to create a beautiful glow!

Be sure your fireplace is ready for cold weather, and contact Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City.

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Design a Stylish Fireplace

Fireplaces don’t just provide warmth during cold weather. Fireplaces are also the focal point of any room. Better Homes & Gardens offers a few good ideas for designing a stylish fireplace to match your decor and fit your space:

  • Cast-stone is an economical alternative to a real stone fireplace surround.
  • Brick doesn’t have to be boring. Try an arched brick fireplace surround.
  • Stacked stone creates a natural feel and textural interest.
  • Paint the fireplace surround the same color as the mantel and walls for a clean look.
  • Create architectural interest with a dramatic floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace facade. Save money by using cultured stone.
  • Add glam with shiny mirror glass details around the fireplace.

Get more design ideas for stylish fireplaces, and tell us about how you have decorated the area around your fireplace by leaving a comment.

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Last Chance—Don’t Wait!!!

We are no longer servicing or installing fireplaces. Please call us for a recommendation.

Hurry, book your yearly fireplace inspection now before peak season starts! A yearly fireplace inspection by knowledgeable technicians is recommended to inspect the device’s firebox and chimney for buildup of debris that can block dangerous smoke. 

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Fireplace Inspection & Services Include:

  • Valve Parts & Repairs
  • Pilot Light Parts & Repairs
  • Thermo Couples
  • Chimney Cleaning
  • Chimney Inspection
  • Chimney Sweeps
  • Chimney Relines
  • Troubleshooting
  • Burn Problems
  • All Service & Maintenance

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces has a comprehensive team of trained professionals with years of critical, hands-on experience.  Our team has 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.

 

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Flex Fuel Fireplace Success Story

Read how one family’s quest to reduce their heating bills lead them to purchase an eco-friendly Countryside flex fuel fireplace insert. The transition to flex fuel couldn’t have been easier.

 

Flex Fuel Fireplace:

  • The fireplace insert easily fit inside their existing fireplace.
  • It was able to be set up with a direct-vent.
  • It burns a variety of fuels, including corn, wood pellets, and biomass.
  • It’s eligible for a $1,500 energy tax credit.

Before getting the flex fuel fireplace insert installed, the homeowners covered the area where it was to be located with fire-safe flooring and added the new appliance to their homeowner’s insurance for just $50. Plus, they were able to select a color and style for their flex fuel fireplace insert that fit their home’s decor.

Fireplace inserts are also available in gas and wood-burning models and are an easy way to improve energy efficiency without remodeling because they fit into existing fireplaces. Are you paying too much for heating fuels? Contact Henges Insulation & Fireplaces for more information about flex-fuel fireplace inserts.

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How To Enjoy Kansas City Parade of Homes

Check out the annual Kansas City Parade of Homes sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City before it ends this Sunday, Oct. 17. This is a chance to get a look inside some of the area’s most innovative residences and to find out about housing choices in Kansas City. With nearly 200 homes to choose from, you can find a place that inspires you.

Since there’s no way to see all the homes, here are a few strategies for deciding where to look:

  • Decide where you want to go by district: Urban, Kansas, Missouri North, and Missouri South.
  • Search online for the type of residence or home features you want to see.
  • Visit homes that have won construction and design awards.

The Kansas City Parade of Homes is a Kansas City tradition and the second largest housing event in the nation!

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Fireplace Inspection

We are no longer servicing or installing fireplaces. Please call us for a recommendation.

A yearly fireplace inspection by knowledgeable technicians is recommended to inspect the device’s firebox and chimney for buildup of debris that can block dangerous smoke. Our fireplace services include Valve Parts & Repairs, Pilot Light Parts & Repairs, Thermo Couples, Chimney Cleaning, Chimney Inspection and much more in the Kansas City Area.

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Fireplace Inspection & Services Include:

  • Valve Parts & Repairs
  • Pilot Light Parts & Repairs
  • Thermo Couples
  • Chimney Cleaning
  • Chimney Inspection
  • Chimney Sweeps
  • Chimney Relines
  • Troubleshooting
  • Burn Problems
  • All Service & Maintenance

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces has a comprehensive team of trained professionals with years of critical, hands-on experience.  Our team has 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.

We look forward to working with you!

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Fireplace Safety and Maintenance Tips

Get ready for cooler weather now by making sure you know how to safely operate and maintain your wood stove or fireplace insert. Here are some fireplace safety and maintenance tips for wood-burning fireplaces, fireplace inserts, and stoves:

Wood Stove and Fireplace Safety and Maintenance

  • Remove and dispose of ashes carefully.
  • Clean the glass door.
  • Replace the stove door gasket.
  • Get your chimney cleaned.
  • Replace catalytic combuster.
  • Use stove accessories.

Watch this video for more details about these fireplace safety and maintenance tips:

Read up on responsible wood-burning, and find out how to clean your fireplace.

We carry a large variety of fireplaces (direct vent, B-vent, wood burning, outdoor and electric) and wood burning stoves to suit any building or home. 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.

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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Eco-Friendly Insulation in Green Show Home

Tours of the new Kansas City Homes & Lifestyles Boulevard of Dreams Green Living Show Home begin this weekend, a great opportunity to learn about eco-friendly insulation systems.

To increase the show home’s energy efficiency, a combination of fiberglass batt insulation and rigid foam insulation was applied to windows, joints, and band joists, where 90 percent of heat loss occurs. Plus, spray foam insulation covers the show home’s basement, cathedral ceilings, and attic to protect from air infiltration.

Similar premium eco-friendly insulation systems are available from Henges Insulation & Fireplaces:

  • BIBS HP closed-cell spray foam and blown-in fiberglass hybrid insulation system
  • Henges’ own trademarked HighTEC Homes Exclusive Energy Efficient Insulation Package

Get tour and ticket information for the new Kansas City green show home, and contact Henges Insulation & Fireplaces for more information about eco-friendly insulation.

 

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Inserts Get More Use Out of Old Fireplaces

Fireplace inserts are heating appliances that fit inside old fireplaces and can help you get more use out of an existing fireplace without remodeling. Installing a fireplace insert is also a great way to upgrade your heating system to be more energy efficient.

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A gas-burning fireplace insert easily can turn your old wood-burning fireplace into a lean gas-burning machine. Hooked on wood-burning? Vermont Castings makes inserts that can turn an old open fireplace into an energy-efficient wood-burning stove.

We recently blogged about flex-fuel fireplaces. Well, did you know there is flex-fuel fireplace insert as well? A popular flex-fuel fireplace insert is the Country Flame Crossfire by Magnum.

Ready to get more use out of an old fireplace? Be sure to follow these tips when buying a fireplace insert:

Buying Fireplace Inserts:

  • Make sure the fireplace insert is certified.
  • Get the fireplace insert professionally installed to ensure safety.

Learn more about fireplace inserts, and get answers to common questions about fireplace inserts from Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City.

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