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Questions to Ask When Buying Reflective Fire Glass

If you're looking to liven up an outdoor fire pit or fireplace, fire reflective glass is an excellent choice. Its sparkling appearance and vibrant color options are a refreshing choice.

While you may want to fill your cart with fire glass right away, it's best to get some information before you buy. That way, you can be sure to get the right product in the right quantity and use it properly.

Is Fire-Rated Glass Safe?

Absolutely! Fire-resistant glass is not made of ordinary glass, like the kind your water glass is made of. It's made of specially formulated inert, heat-resistant glass - which means it contains no finishes, additives or combustibles. Its color is achieved by adding metal oxides or metal powders to the glass to change its color.

Fire-resistant glass is highly heat resistant, making it ideal for use in indoor gas fireplaces or outdoor fire pits or fireplaces. Unlike traditional glass, it will not burn, melt, decompose or explode. It also does not fade or turn strange colors easily.

How deep should it be

Ideally, your fire pit should be filled with fire-resistant glass to a depth of 1 inch to 2 inches. You want to have enough fire glass so that your burner is invisible. On the other hand, creating a layer deeper than 2 inches is unnecessary - and frankly, a waste of money.

Special fireplaces

You can use fire-resistant glass in almost any propane or natural gas fire feature. However, you can't use it in a real wood-burning fireplace. When using fire glass in a gas fireplace, you can simply replace the lava in the fireplace bed with fire glass to add extra sparkle or some color. If your gas fireplace gives the gas appliance a "burning embers" appearance through a non-combustible material (usually vermiculite), you cannot replace this man-made material with fire-resistant glass.

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Lava as a filler

Most certainly, yes! As a filler, lava rock is a convenient, cost-effective way to reduce the amount of fire glass you need to buy. If you are the owner of a large or deep fire pit, this can be a very useful way to save money. As long as you have 1" to 2" of fire glass on your lava and the lava is no longer visible, you are golden.

To cover the burner or not

Yes, you should cover the burner - but only with enough fire glass so that it is not visible. This is especially true if you are using the propane fire suppression feature, as propane is heavier than air and needs to be dispersed close to the flame. Natural gas is lighter than air, so it will rise to the ground on its own - so the fire glass can cover the burner to a greater depth.

Cleaning and maintenance

This is one of the great advantages of fire-resistant glass: if properly maintained, it is relatively maintenance-free. If it's used in an indoor gas fireplace, it really doesn't need any cleaning or maintenance. You get all the beauty, none of the work!

If the fire glass is used outdoors, maintenance depends on many factors. If your area has a lot of birds and trees, we recommend that you place a stainless steel cover over the fire pit when not in use. This simple gesture will keep your glass free of bird droppings and leaves, pine needles, etc. and save you a lot of time.

If you do need to clean your fireproof glass, don't despair. It's easy to clean any type of fireproof glass using items you may already have around your home - it looks clean and tidy and brand new. Contact us for a quote!

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