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Classic Fireplace Designs

Take a look at these modern fireplace designs from Henges Insulation & Fireplaces!

This Kansas City fireplace uses white, grey and green marble.

This old home decor uses white and marble in a Prairie Village fireplace.

This fireplace uses white and marble for style and class.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. We assist with choosing the proper insulation or finding the fireplace that fits your lifestyle. Our certified professionals then install your product at a fair price. 

 

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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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Help My Gas Fireplace Won’t Light!

Help my Gas Fireplace Won’t Light! First, check your pilot light. Perhaps you forgot that you switched off the pilot light and gas supply to your fireplace last season, or a maybe it accidentally got shut off. This is a very common problem in gas fireplaces and it’s easy to fix.

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Follow these instructions to re-lighting your pilot light from Hunker.

Electronic Pilot Light

Step 1

Make sure the supply line to the gas fireplace is on. If you will be using the electronic setting, which controls the operation of the unit to maintain a specified temperature, make sure the electric switch for the unit is on. If you have an electronic pilot light, but the electricity is off, you can light the unit following the directions under “Flame-Lit Pilot Light.”

Step 2

Locate the control knob that reads “Pilot Ignite” (or Ign). The control knob may be behind a removable panel. The control knob also will have positions for “Off,” “On” and “Electronic” if your unit is designed for temperature control.

Step 3

Push and twist the control knob to the “Pilot Ignite” setting. Keep the control knob depressed to release a small amount of gas.

Step 4

Push the ignitor button at the same time you are depressing “Pilot Ignite.” When you hear clicking, indicating a series of sparks is being sent to light the gas, release the ignitor button but continue to press the “Pilot Ignite” control. 

Step 5

If the pilot does not light within a few seconds, wait 10 seconds and then push the ignitor button again. It may take a few tries to ignite as air is forced out of the gas line. Release the “Pilot Ignite” control when the pilot lights. Turn the control knob to “On” if you want the flames on continuously or to “Electronic” to have the system maintain a specified room temperature.

Flame-Lit Pilot Light

Step 6

Make sure the supply line to the gas fireplace is on. Light a match or butane candle lighter. Hold the lit match or lighter near the burner in the fireplace.

Step 7

Turn the gas key to allow gas to flow to the burner. If lighting an electronic-operated pilot when the electricity is off, turn the control knob to “Pilot Ignite” and press the knob.

Step 8

Pull the match/lighter away when the burner lights. On a non-electronic fireplace, adjust the flame height by turning the gas key. On an electronic fireplace, you can now turn the control knob to the “On” position (the “Electronic” position on the system will not function without electricity).

 

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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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.

Read more on doityourself.com.

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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Mantel Ideas For Christmas

Do you need some mantel ideas for Christmas? Check out this article for some easy ideas to decorate your fireplace for the holidays!

Mantel Ideas For Christmas

DECORATE ABOVE THE MANTEL

Try adding a wreath that’s pre-lit to the space above the mantel. If there’s a mirror in that space, try hanging the wreath on the front of it for a more layered look.

ADD GARLAND

The quickest way to add some holiday cheer is to use some garland (use fresh garland or faux). You can add faux berries, pine cones or mini ornaments. Add the finishing touch with some lights!

ADD STOCKINGS

Add the stockings to complete your festive look. Don’t forget to add stocking holders, which also double as decorative elements. If you don’t want to hang stocking try hanging a banner!

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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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 www.firesaftey.gov, 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 www.firesaftey.gov (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.

Alarms:

  • 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.

Fires:

  • 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.

Escape:

  • 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.

Trees:

  • 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 firesafety.gov. 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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Halloween Mantel Ideas

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:

Halloween Mantel Ideas

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

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

Get some inspiration from one of the 100 Halloween mantels featured on Prudent Penny Pincher

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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Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplace Safety Tips

Here are some helpful Fireplace Safety Tips from HealthyChildren.org

  • 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.

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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Converting A Wood Burning Fireplace Into A Gas Fireplace

Have you been thinking about converting a wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace?  A wood burning fireplace is considered to be one of the most inefficient heat sources available according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Converting to an easy to use gas insert will bring warmth and efficiency.
Converting A Wood Burning Fireplace Into A Gas Fireplace

Converting A Wood Burning Fireplace Into A Gas Fireplace:

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. 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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Fireplace Repair In Kansas City

In addition to being a home insulation company in Kansas City, 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.

 Fireplace Repair In Kansas City

Fireplace Repair In Kansas City

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. 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.

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. 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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