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5 Reasons Fire Glass Is Superior To Wood

Tempered fire glass is not only beautiful, but a 100% safe, non-toxic, and economical alternative to burning wood in your fire feature!

 Oct 31, 2016  Fire Feature Installation, Fire Media, Outdoor Fireplaces, Backyard Fire Pits, Outdoor Entertaining

Fire Glass Saves You Money

Fire glass gives off more heat than wood, or fake logs combined. Not only is gas cheaper than burning wood, but adding the extra heat given off by the glass ensures you get more bang for your buck! Fire glass accomplishes this by reflecting and radiating heat from the fire. You'll realize you don't need to sit so close or burn as long to warm your bones!

Fire Glass Is A Safer Alternative

Wood can pop and let off sparks that will damage the areas surrounding your fireplace or fire pit. Even in the best of circumstances, wood fires can set fire to the home if too many sparks are let loose. The reflective glass doesn't pop or explode so this risk is almost non-existent. Screens and doors are still recommended especially in houses with pets or children.

Burning wood also gives off smoke and damaging soot that can ruin your home in no time. Keep your home or patio cleaner and safer with gas fire and glass.

Fire Glass Is a Less Time Consuming Burn

With the little clean up needed it is already a no-brainer glass is less time intensive. However, there are even more ways fire glass saves you time.

Glass doesn't burn up, so there is minimal need to check on the fire or add more glass to the flames. Stoking is also unnecessary because of this reason. Fire glass stays where it is put, and the gas fire can continuously burn through it.

Fire Glass Is Everlasting

When burned correctly, fire glass doesn't need replacing unlike wood which requires constant changing. It can withstand higher heat without burning, melting or giving off fumes. Glass can last a lifetime, save any used glass when changing colors or shapes and reuse whenever you need a change!

Fire Glass Has Contemporary Beauty

Fire glass is a beautiful alternative to wood. Who wouldn't enjoy a cozy fire with reflective starfish or ice cubes burning? You can even mix and match colors! Mixing different colored beads or shapes will turn your fireplace or pit into a matching holiday decor piece. Check out these reflective green and auburn glasses make a perfect addition to your fall decor.

Wondering how much fire glass you will need? Use our handy calculator and consider this gorgeous media alternative to your fire feature!

We recommend covering the burner with a layer of cinders/lava rock. These should be 1" diameter or larger. Glass should then be used as a topping over cinders/lava rock to approximately 2” in depth. This helps save material, money, and allows for safer operation.

For Square or Rectangle Shaped Fire Pits

Calculate how much fire glass you'll need for a square fire feature

* You can use other fire media to fill most of the fire pit, then cover the remaining 2" to 4" with fire glass.

(A) Fire Pit Width:  
(B) Fire Pit Depth:  
(C) *Fire Glass Height:  


Total Glass Needed (lbs):


For Round or Octagon Fire Pits

Calculate how much fire glass you will need for a round fire feature.

* You can use other fire media to fill most of the fire pit, then cover the remaining 2" to 4" with fire glass.

(A) Fire Pit Inner Diameter:  
(B) *Fire Glass Height:  


Total Glass Needed (lbs):


For Standard Fireboxes

Calculate how much fire glass you'll need for a fireplace.

* 2" to 4" of fire glass is the recommended height for fireplace fireboxes and pan burners.

(A) Firebox Front Width:  
(B) Firebox Rear Width:  
(C) *Fire Glass Height:  
(D) Firebox Depth:  


Total Glass Needed (lbs):


Last updated on February 1st 2018.


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