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What Are Fireplace Inserts?

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

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.

When buying a fireplace insert make sure the fireplace insert is certified. Don’t forget to get your fireplace insert professionally installed to ensure safety.

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces 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.

 

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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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Tips For Using Your New Fireplace

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces 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. Our field technicians not only install fireplaces, they have the knowledge and experience to diagnose and perform fireplace repairs and tune-ups on nearly any unit.

Tips For Using Your New Fireplace

Tips For Using Your New Fireplace

  • Remove the 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.
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Replace your Woodburning Fireplace with a Gas Insert

Is your wood-burning fireplace becoming too much of a chore every winter? You should replace your woodburning fireplace with a gas insert! A wood-burning fireplace is considered to be one of the most inefficient heat sources available according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Updating it with an easy to use gas insert will bring warmth and efficiency.
Replace your woodburning fireplace with a gas

Replace your woodburning fireplace with a gas insert:

Fireplace inserts fit in the opening of an existing wood fireplace and the variety of surrounds available close any gaps. Fans and blowers are also available to help push the heat out into the room and optional remote controls make it as simple to use as a traditional gas fireplace.

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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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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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.

Fireplace inserts

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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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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