Fire Glass Do's & Don'ts
Fire glass, also known as fire pit glass or fireplace glass, is a popular and attractive alternative to traditional firewood for fire pits, fireplaces, and fire pit tables. It is made from tempered glass and is designed to withstand high temperatures while enhancing the aesthetics of your fire feature. Here's a comprehensive guide on the do's and don'ts of using fire glass, caring for it, and important safety considerations.
Select the Right Type of Fire Glass: There are various types and colors of fire glass available on our website. Choose a type and color that complements your decor and personal preferences. Feel free to mix different colors and types of glass to make your fire feature your own work of art! You can get some cool ideas from our Gallery.
Use in Appropriate Fire Features: Fire glass is suitable for use in propane and natural gas fire pits, fireplaces, and fire pit tables designed for this purpose. Make sure your appliance is compatible with fire glass before using it.
Follow the Manufacturer's Guidelines: Always adhere to the firepit manufacturer's guidelines for installation and usage of glass. This includes recommended glass thickness, layer depth, and safety instructions.
Proper Installation: Ensure the fire glass is evenly distributed across the fire feature's burner or pan. Avoid overfilling, as this can obstruct the flow of gas and cause dangerous flare-ups. We recommend leaving the burners uncovered with glass so the flame has a clear path. Glass covering the burners also tends to collect soot as the air to gas ratio becomes disrupted.
Regularly Clean and Maintain: Fire glass can accumulate dust, dirt, and soot over time. Periodically remove and clean the glass. When handling it, we highly recommend wearing protective gloves that will ensure you avoid contact with sharp edges.
How to Wash Fire Glass:
- In a bucket, add the fire glass to a simple 50/50 solution of distilled water and vinegar (avoid using commercial glass cleaning products or dish soaps, as they can leave residue that, when heated, may produce toxic fumes in your fireplace or fire pit) and stir the glass around.
- Remove it from the bucket and place it in a strainer. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and allow it to dry completely before adding it back to your fire pit.
- Tip: If you're using propane, you might find it necessary to clean your fire glass more frequently. Propane tends to produce a darker flame than natural gas, which can potentially lead to some discoloration of the glass.
Monitor for Damage: Inspect the fire glass for any cracks or damage. Damaged glass can be a safety hazard and should be replaced promptly.
Use in Outdoor Spaces: Fire glass is an excellent choice for outdoor applications. It can withstand exposure to the elements.
Don't Use in Wood-Burning Fireplaces: Fire glass is not intended for use in traditional wood-burning fireplaces. The intense heat from wood fires can damage the glass.
Don't Use in Unapproved Appliances: Using fire glass in non-approved or incompatible appliances can be dangerous. Always use it as intended by the firepit manufacturer.
Mixing it up? Tip: When using both fire glass and other fillers like ceramic rocks and logs, it's important to follow these tips for a safe setup. While some customers use both fire logs and glass, be cautious about trapped heat, which isn't ideal for the glass. However, if you ensure the fillers are correctly arranged, this should not be a concern. Additionally, avoid overloading your fire feature, as excessive fire glass can obstruct the burner, leading to flame issues and potential safety hazards.
Keep Children and Pets Away: Fire glass can become very hot during use. Ensure that children and pets are supervised and kept at a safe distance from the fire feature.
Have a Fire Extinguisher Nearby: Always have a fire extinguisher or other means of extinguishing a fire nearby in case of emergencies.
Avoid Direct Contact: Do not touch fire glass while the fire feature is in use or immediately after use, as it can retain heat. Wait at least two hours before handling it.
Proper Ventilation: Ensure that your fire pit or fireplace has proper ventilation to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide and other harmful gasses. Trapped gas can lead to unwanted hazards. This is one reason why we recommend leaving the burners uncovered with glass or other fillers.
By following these do's and don'ts, and considering the safety tips, you can enjoy the beauty and warmth of fire glass in your fire pit, fireplace, or fire pit table while ensuring the safety of your home and loved ones.