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Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplace Safety Tips

Here are some helpful Fireplace Safety Tips from

  • If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire is burning.
  • Be certain the damper or flue is open before starting a fire. Keeping the damper or flue open until the fire is out will draw smoke out of the house. The damper can be checked by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight or mirror. Do not close the damper until the embers have completely stopped burning.
  • Use dry and well-aged wood. Wet or green wood causes more smoke and contributes to soot buildup in the chimney. Dried wood burns with less smoke and burns more evenly
  • Smaller pieces of wood placed on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke.
  • Clean out ashes from previous fires. Levels of ash at the base of the fireplace should be kept to 1 inch or less because a thicker layer restricts the air supply to logs, resulting in more smoke.
  • The chimney should be checked annually by a professional. Even if the chimney is not due for cleaning, it is important to check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping.
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable (ie: furniture, drapes, newspapers, books, etc.). If these items get too close to the fireplace, they could catch fire.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Make sure it is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house. If you leave the room while the fire is burning or the fireplace is still hot, take your small child with you.
  • Minimize your child’s chance of burns from the hot glass front of some fireplaces. Safety screens can be installed to reduce the risk of burns.
  • Put fireplace tools and accessories out of a young child’s reach. Also, remove any lighters and matches.
  • Install both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.


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Fall Mantel Decor Ideas

Is your mantel ready for fall? Celebrate the change of season by giving your fireplace a seasonal makeover with these fall mantel decor ideas!

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Head over to our Pinterest page and checkout all these creative and festive ideas that will help get you in the mood for fall. 

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The Cove Collection: Outdoor Fire Pits

The Cove Collection is the perfect addition to any outdoor space. The organic, natural appearance of the concrete is unique to each unit and color variations, pitting, and wear are common attributes to the beauty of the fire bowl. The Cove Collection includes a 30″, 20″ and 12″ Gas Fire Pit Bowl.

Cove Gas Fire Pit Bowls

Did you know that Henges Insulation sells outdoor gas fire pits and fire pit tables? Looking to add a functional fire feature to your outdoor entertaining space? Call us today at 913-764-4600 and we can go over our wide selection and help you pick out the perfect fire pit!

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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Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces have become very popular! One of the biggest benefits is the ability to move the fireplace anywhere in your home.

Electric Fireplaces

How do Electric Fireplaces Heat

  • An electric fireplace utilizes metal coils to create heat.
  • A blower motor forces the heat in to the open.
  • Since only the coils are heated, there is no danger of getting burned
  • Be careful to not have upholstered furniture or drapery too close to an electric fireplace

How They Create Flames

  • Most electric fireplaces have a realistic looking flame with a regular light bulbs and refracting the light. Once the light is refracted, it creates the illusion of a dancing flame.

Whole Units vs Inserts

  • Electric fireplaces can be purchased as a stand alone unit.
  • Your electric fireplace can be plugged in to any standard electrical outlet.
  • If you already have a fireplace, you can purchase electric inserts to use instead of building a real wood burning fire. The insert works the same as the whole unit. It simply needs to be placed in the firebox of the existing fireplace.



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Holiday Fire Safety

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest time of year—for local firefighters. According to, fires during the holiday season injure as many as 1,650 Americans, causing more than $990 million in damages.

Holiday Fire Safety

From scented candles, Christmas trees, and fireplaces to lights and space heaters, it’s easy to see why fire prevention is so important during the holidays. That’s why (literally) spells out some prevention measures to make sure this holiday is a safe and merry one for you and your family.

Space heaters:

  • Place them at least three feet away from anything flammable.
  • Make sure an adult is in the room when heaters are on.
  • Turn them off when you leave the room or go to sleep.


  • Install at least one smoke alarm on each floor level of the home, including basements.
  • Test the alarms monthly, and be sure to change batteries at least once a year.


  • Never burn unconventional items such as wrapping paper or boxes in the fireplace, as this could cause a chimney fire.
  • The same thinking applies to stoves and ovens—use these strictly for cooking, and not for heating.


  • Plan a home escape with two ways out of each room.
  • Practice your exit plan with every member of the family to make sure it works.
  • Invest in fire extinguishers, and know how to use them.


  • For artificial trees, only choose flame-retardant ones with a UL label.
  • Cut trees should be watered daily to be kept fresh.
  • Never use real candles on trees.
  • Keep trees at a safe distance from fireplaces, other sources of heat, and doorways.
  • Dispose of trees at an authorized recycling center.

Your lights:

  • Inspect lights for wear and tear, such as frayed wires or gaps in insulation.
  • Periodically check wires—they should not be warm to touch.
  • Connect strings to an extension cord before plugging in.

Fore more information, visit At Henges Insulation, 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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Designing A Stylish Fireplace

Better Homes & Gardens offers some good ideas for designing a stylish fireplace to add interest and warmth to any setting. Get more design ideas for stylish fireplaces, and tell us about how you have decorated the area around your fireplace by leaving a comment.

Designing A Stylish Fireplace

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  • Get away from brick and give tile a try on your fireplace surround.
  • Use paint to turn a dark fireplace wall into a crisp focal point. 
  • A white mantel can contrast a stone surround.
  • Use brass accessories and an oversize mirror to bring an ornate touch to a simple white brick fireplace.
  • Dress up a nonworking fireplace with glossy black paint. 
  • A fireplace screen can add an extra layer of detail.

Henges Insulation 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. If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600.

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How To Clean A Fireplace

This helpful video about how to clean a fireplace will give you all the information you will need to get the job done, including materials needed and cleaning steps, in just two minutes.

How To Clean A Fireplace:

Here’s a handy summary of the materials you will need to clean your fireplace:

  • goggles
  • paper mask
  • old clothes
  • garbage pail
  • trash bags
  • drop cloths
  • whisk broom
  • shop vacuum
  • nylon scrub brush
  • warm water
  • 1 cup chlorine bleach
  • rubber gloves
  • large bucket
  • rags and towels
  • newspapers
  • glass cleaner
  • oven cleaner

Cleaning your fireplace is not only a matter of aesthetics. It’s also a matter of fire safety. Be sure to take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself from inhaling any soot or debris from the fireplace, too, as it is harmful to your health.


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Home Maintenance

Spring cleaning time is here and it’s time to do a maintenance checkup. Stay on top of regular home maintenance tasks, and you’ll avoid many costly repairs. 

Home Maintenance

Here’s some great articles that should help you get started on your home maintenance list:

Bi-Annual Household Cleaning

Month-by-Month Home Maintenance Schedule

Don’t forget to…

  • Clean or replace household filters such as furnace and pool filters.
  • Clean air vents and ducts.
  • Keep the chimney clean and remove any ashes.
  • Check or install a chimney screen.
  • Clean fan and vacuum blades.
  • Pull weeds by hand or use a natural or eco-friendly weed killer.
  • Clear out rain gutters.
  • Check the exterior of your home for bees nests.

At Henges Insulation, 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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Fast Facts About Fireplaces

Did you know? Fireplaces and stoves can actually reduce your heating costs. Or that installing a fireplace insert can significantly boost its efficiency, and for less money than you might think?

We thought we’d share five surprising tips about fireplaces, courtesy of an article in the Creston News.

1. You can conserve energy, live a greener lifestyle and combat volatile heating costs with a high efficiency fireplace or stove.

2. A fireplace can be installed in your existing home without the hassles of adding a traditional chimney.

3. Your inefficient wood burning fireplace can be transformed into a powerful and beautiful heat producer.

4. You can control the heat produced by today’s fireplaces.

5. Modern fireplace design is pushing traditional boundaries.

Want to know why? “5 Suprising Facts About Fireplaces” goes into great depth.

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