5 Steps to Choosing the Perfect Fire Glass Type for Your Project
Fire Glass comes in different shapes and sizes. Here’s a handy guide to help you learn about the different types of fire glass and help you with choosing fire glass that’s right for your project. Check out this visual guide to fire glass (click on it to see a larger version), or scroll down to keep reading below. Let us know which is your favorite fire glass in the comments!
Fire Pit Glass comes in many shapes and sizes!
Fire glass comes in a variety of shapes, from angular to round and everything in between. Let’s get to know all the different types.
1. Choose Your Style
Original Fire Glass: This fire glass is comprised of pieces of glass that are flat on both sides, and it is one of the most used types of fire glass.
Crushed Fire Glass: The original glass for fire pits. A great all around choice for anyone trying fire glass for the first time.
Fire Diamonds: The diamond shape creates a fuller flame. These are perfect for an ultra-modern look with clean aesthetics.
Fire Beads: Fire Beads are a more contemporary glass. The rounded, three-dimensional texture allows a larger flame.
Fire Dots: Fire Dots are our most modern glass. The small, two-dimensional shapes fit together closely for a more subtle flame.
Fire Cubes: These square pieces of fire glass are shaped like small ice cubes. The clean, straight lines create an attractive effect.
Once you've decided which type of fire glass appeals to you, you may have an option of several different sizes. Here's what you need to know about smaller vs. larger pieces of fire glass. Keep in mind that the sizes refer to the thickness of the glass rather than the length of the pieces.
1/4″ and 3/8" Fire Glass: For a fresh, two-dimensional look and a smaller, more casual flame, small sizes of fire glass are a great choice.
1/2″ and 3/4" Fire Glass: For a more three-dimensional look and a larger flame, larger fire glass sizes are the way to go.
Original fire glass and fire glass beads offer several different looks or “finishes” to choose from. Here’s what they are and what to expect from them.
Reflective Fire Glass: A reflective fire glass will mirror the light from your fire pit.
Semi-Reflective Fire Glass: Rounded fire glass beads are sometimes offered with a semi-reflective finish. While a round bead won’t be 100% reflective, you will notice a difference from regular fire glass beads.
Non-reflective Fire Glass: Glass that is non-reflective will retain more of its true color while your fire pit is lit, rather than reflecting the light.
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4. Choose Your Blend
There is no limit to the ways you can combine and blend different types of fire glass, but we do have a few favorite options.
Mix reflective with non-reflective Original fire glass for a combination that both shows off the color of the glass and lets the firelight play on its surfaces. This gives you the best of both worlds if you value both color and light effects.
Mix multiple colors to create your own unique palette. We generally recommend 2-3 colors to create a nice balance. Fire Pit Essentials has pre-mixed several popular blend colors, or you can create your own.
A popular new option is to blend lava rocks with fire glass for an exotic look. The rustic natural stone is a perfect backdrop for the brilliance of fire glass.