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How does fire glass work?

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Fire glass tolerates high temperatures without burning, melting, popping or changing color. Because of its reflective surfaces, it radiates heat more efficiently than wood and artificial logs, claims Woodland Direct.

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Fire glass refers to tempered glass chips designed for use in gas fireplaces and fire pits. It does not produce harmful smoke, ash or soot. Manufacturers tumble and polish fire glass to dull sharp edges in order to lower the risk of injury.

Fire glass is used for indoor or outdoor fireplaces, fire tables, fire pans, fire pits, landscaping and decor. It is safe for use in most fireplaces and fire pits, indoors or out. Manufacturers sometimes recommend vent-free approved burner systems when homeowners want to use fire glass in vent-free fireplaces indoors.

Natural and propane gas both work well with fire glass. To ensure safety individuals must choose the right connection kit for the kind of gas they plan to use when buying a burner pan. Burner pans usually have different connections for natural and propane gas.

When using propane, it is important to purchase an air-mixture orifice to avoid soot. It is often necessary to clean the glass after multiple propane uses because propane tends to burn darker compared to natural gas. Dust and dirt also sometimes build up on the glass over time. Owners clean it with dish soap and water.

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