What is Fire Glass?

17 Jan.,2023

 

Colored Reflective Fire Glass

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Fire glass offers a unique look for any gas fire feature, whether it's a fire bowl, fire table or fire trough. Fire Glass comes in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes of glass to choose from, this media option offers a great way to personalize your fire pit to match your style or outdoor décor. Only one thing to remember when selecting your fire glass is if you choose to automate your fire feature with our electronic ignition systems you must be aware the size fire glass you will need is medium or 3/4".  


What is Fire Glass? 
 

Fire glass is decorative glass media option made specifically for use with fire features like fire pits, fire bowls and fireplaces. This glass goes through a tempering process to make the glass safe to use in a fire feature. Treated glass will not melt, smoke, or emit toxic odors, but standard un-tempered glass might and it could even explode or pop when exposed to heat. Fire glass shards have also been tumbled to ensure sharp edges are removed, making them even safer to use. 


What does Fire Glass do for fire features? 


Fire glass serves several purposes within a fire feature. The most obvious use of fire glass is as an aesthetic enhancement. Fire glass comes in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to allow for an impressive level of customization when designing a fire feature. Different styles and colors of glass can even be mixed for a more unique appearance. 

Fire glass also enhances the ambiance of a fire feature by reflecting the light of a fire. Reflective fire glass, in particular, offers an impressive shimmering effect which can really enhance a fire feature design in a subtle yet noticeable way. 

Fire glass pieces spread gas more evenly throughout the fire feature to create a fuller, more natural flame. A fire features burner without media would produce an unattractive and simple flame due to the fact the gas would burn far too efficiently with no variation in flame appearance. 


Can Fire Glass be used with Propane or Natural Gas? 
 

Fire glass can be used in both propane and natural gas fire features. The one recommendation we have for propane fire features is to use glass half an inch thick or larger. This allows propane, a heavier gas, to rise more easily through the fire glass pieces. 

Fire features and fireplaces both produce a small amount of soot with both gas types. For this reason, fire glass can be susceptible to darkening over time, particularly with lighter colors of glass. Fortunately, a quick wash in hot, soapy water will restore glass to its original luster and have it looking as good as new. It goes without saying, but always allow gas to cool completely before washing.