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Using Your New Fireplace

At Henges, we are always happy to answer any questions or provide more information about using your new fireplace.  However, this handy guide will prepare you for what to expect, especially if this is the first time you have owned a gas fireplace.

Using Your New Fireplace

Important tips when using your new fireplace:

  • Remove and plastic from trim parts before turning the new fireplace ON.
  • It is normal for fireplaces fabricated of steel to give off some expansion and/or contraction noises during the start up or cool down cycle. Similar noises are found with your furnace heat exchanger or car engine.
  • It is not unusual for your gas fireplace to give off some odor the first time it is burned.  This is due to the curing of the paint and any undetected oil from the manufacturing process.
  • Please ensure that your room is well-ventilated – open all windows.
  • Burn your fireplace for at least 10 hours the first time you use it.  If the optional fan kit has been installed, place the fan switch in the “OFF” position during this time.  This will help minimize odors in future use.

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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Why We Hang Stockings by Our Chimneys for Christmas

Throughout history, fireplaces, chimneys, and hearths have all been closely associated with the holidays. It’s a place where family and friends gather to stay warm and where some of our holiday traditions began.

For example, by now you have hung your stockings by the chimney with care, but do you know why? There are two reasons, according to the Farmer’s Almanac:

  • In the 16th Century, the children staying in Holland kept their clogs, filled with straw, by the hearth for the reindeer. At the same time, they placed a treat for ‘Sinterclass’ (Santa Claus) near the fireplace in the house. As a return gift, the Sinterclass used to leave some gifts for the children. With time, the clogs became stockings and Sinterclass became Santa Claus.
  • There was family made up of a father and three daughters. The family had no money and the father was concerned about his daughters’ dowries. St. Nick heard of this family and knew the father would be too proud to accept money, so he decided to wait until dark and throw bags of coins down the chimney. As legend goes, these bags found their way into the three stockings hung by the fire. Soon the villagers came to know of St. Nicholas’ generosity and started hanging their stockings by the fireplace.

Test your knowledge of Christmas lore, and contact Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City for all your home heating needs!

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Zone heating can reduce your fuel cost by up to 40 percent

According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, people regularly use less than 40 percent of their homes. Paying to unnecessarily heat the laundry room and back bedroom all day seems silly. So does turning up the thermostat to warm up in your recliner in the evenings. In most cases, zone heating is a convenient and cost-effective solution.

Zone heating is using a fireplace, stove or insert to warm the rooms you use most. Doing this allows you to turn down the thermostat and save 20 to 40 percent on your fuel bill! Though the initial cost will be higher, the long-term savings can be incredible. Zone heating is especially beneficial in homes with old central furnaces because they tend to lose heat.

There are fireplaces, freestanding stoves, fireplace inserts and masonry heaters designed for zone heating. These hearth products may burn firewood, natural gas, propane, pellets, oil, coal, corn or manufactured firelogs. It is important to ask a specialty retailer what hearth product is best based on the zone you wish to heat, the level of desired heat, the fuels available and cost-efficient to you and, of course, the style and design you prefer.

 

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On Burn Bans and Trade-ins

Municipal governments from California to New England have begun instating “burn bans” for its residents this winter, and to much hubbub. Citing air quality–specifically, the fine-particle pollution smoke can create–state governments have taken measures to restrict the use of wood-burning devices, including fireplaces, pellet stoves and wood stoves–most recently (and notably) on the days of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

A recent New York Times article explores the exchange incentive programs some cities are offering–a la Cash for Clunkers and the proposed Cash for Caulkers. In this particular case, in return for discarding older, wood-burning stoves or fireplaces, residents are awarded $1,000 towards the purchase of a newer, more energy-efficient model.

The residents’ mixed reactions about both the bans and trade-in program are interesting; to learn more, check out “Where There’s Smoke…There’s a Trade-in” here.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

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