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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. 

Henges Insulation in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation industry in the Kansas City area. We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932.





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Certifications And Associations

Henges Insulation in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation industry in the Kansas City area. We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932.

We are members of the Better Business Bureau and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Some of our credentials include:

If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600 or complete a contact form. We look forward to working with you!

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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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What We Do

At Henges, we are dedicated to helping you find the insulation best for your situation. Whether you are a homeowner, builder or commercial contractor, we will help you understand the products we have to offer and arrange the installation at your convenience.

Henges Insulation is part of the strong, privately-owned team of Jay Henges Enterprises Inc. in St Louis, Missouri. A successful and diversified building specialty contractor, Jay Henges Enterprises began to expand its services to the Kansas City area in the early 1940s. We have remained privately-owned and continue to operate independently to serve customers in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Henges has continued to grow and build our relationships in the area for the past eight decades.

Kansas City Insulation Services

At Henges Insulation, our certified professionals undergo extensive training followed by continuing education and re-certifications throughout their careers. When choosing insulation for your home, our experts will provide you with options and help you select the best insulation products available. We work with builders, commercial contractors and homeowners throughout the metro Kansas City area. 

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We are members of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and Angie’s List.

Some of our credentials include:

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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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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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Thank You

Everyone had a great time at our Open House!! Thank you to everyone who came out to support us at our Open House.

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Olathe Ks Fireplace showroom

Come Visit Us!

If you are in the Kansas City area please drop by and visit our showroom in Olathe. Our showroom is open to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners! Stop by and visit Monday through Friday, 8a.m. – 5p.m.

Henges Insulation is located at 

15640 S. Keeler St.

Olathe, KS 66062 


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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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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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