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Winter Tips: Get A Fireplace Inspection

Henges Insulation is helping you prepare for winter! We will be sharing tips this season to help you get your house ready for the cold weather.

Tip #1: Keep your fireplaces clean and in good working condition for optimal performance. 

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.

Henges Insulation is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. We can help you save on energy costs, conserve energy, and make a valuable investment in your home.

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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.


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 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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New Showroom Coming Soon

We are remodeling our showroom and it is starting to come together. Don’t mind the dust, we are nearly done! 

Our newly remodeled showroom will open soon and we look forward to meeting you and collaborating with you on your next project! 

KC Fireplaces

Stop in and see us……We would love to see you!

Henges Insulation is located at 

15640 S. Keeler St.

Olathe, KS 66062 


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Creative Firewood Storage Ideas

Have a wood-burning fireplace? No one wants to tromp outside in the cold to replenish the fire, so you probably are in the habit of storing your firewood inside. We found some really creative firewood storage ideas that may inspire you to make a design statement with it!

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Stowe Country Ski Home contemporary living room

contemporary living room design by other metros architect Birdseye Design

Flat in Amsterdam modern living room
Let us know how you store your firewood by leaving a comment.
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50 + Fire Pit Ideas

Fire Pits are a great ways to create ambiance either in your yard or on your deck. We have put together over 50 ideas to help you build your perfect backyard Fire Pit! 

Fire Pit Ideas

Fire Pit Ideas:

Are you dreaming of adding an Outdoor Kitchen to your backyard? Henges Insulation is now selling Outdoor Kitchen Kits! These outdoor kitchens offer great grilling, storage and plenty of counter space. Take your grilling to the next level with these outdoor kitchen designs.

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16 Ideas for Textured Fireplace Surrounds

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

On, homeowners and design professionals share their favorite looks and ideas for home decorating and improvement, including fireplaces. One user created an ideabook using images uploaded on the site that featured 16 ideas for textured fireplace surrounds made with materials such as marble, stacked stone, ceramic tile, wood paneling, and more.

Fireplace Surrounds

The author took a particular liking to this ceramic tile fireplace surround located inside a home designed by J. Weiss Design in San Francisco. The ceramic tile helps create a sleek, modern look without being boring or too minimalist.
Check out more textured fireplace surrounds, and let us know which one is your favorite by leaving a comment.
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6 Gas Log Sets at Henges in Kansas City

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

Henges Insulation in Kansas City carries 6 different gas log sets for vented and vent-free gas fireplaces and inserts. We have vented and vent-free gas logs made by Monessen and Majestic available in several sizes and styles.

gas log sets

Gas Log Sets:

Vented log sets work with fireplaces that rely on an open chimney flue or damper, while vent-free logs are designed for fireplaces with closed chimney flues or fireplaces without a flue.

Each log set is expertly crafted to give the appearance of real wood and flames, but each will produce a different level of efficiency. Vent-free gas logs are generally more efficient, but have a less robust flame compared with a vented gas log set.

Stop by Henges Insulation in Kansas City to see displays of our gas log sets and receive advice on buying. Check local building codes before purchasing a gas log set to make sure it is in compliance with the law.

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Gas Fireplace Won’t Light?

Gas Fireplace Won’t Light? If your gas fireplace will not turn on, 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 sudden gust of wind through the fireplace may have accidentally shut off the pilot light. This is a common problem in gas fireplaces and an easy one to fix. Follow these instructions for re-lighting your pilot light. All you need are matches or a butane candle lighter.

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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9 Benefits of Direct Vent Fireplaces

Direct vent fireplaces are one of Henges Insulation & Fireplaces’ most popular fireplace models, and it’s easy to see why. A direct vent fireplace burns so efficiently that it can be vented directly out a wall rather than through a traditional chimney and vent system.

With authentic-looking gas log fires, many homeowners are taking advantage of the convenience of direct vent fireplace, while enjoying the ambiance of a traditional wood-burning fire too.

Benefits of Direct Vent Fireplaces:

  • Don’t require a chimney
  • Designed for wood-frame construction
  • Easy to install
  • Less expensive
  • Can be placed anywhere in the home
  • No harmful wood smoke
  • Burn gas fuel
  • Easy maintenance
  • More design options

Direct vent fireplaces and stoves manufactured by Monessen are available at Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City. Sign up to receive blog posts and updates via e-mail from Henges to get fireplace tips sent directly to your inbox.

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