Fire Pit Glass Guide

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Fire Pit Glass Guide

Fire pits are more than just sources of warmth and comfort; they’re focal points that draw people together for cozy evenings, creating magical atmospheres for both relaxation and entertainment. If you’re looking to elevate your outdoor space with a stylish and contemporary twist, our comprehensive guide to fire pit glass is your go-to resource. From selecting the right glass to understanding the safety measures, we’ve got you covered.

The next step in the fire pit process will be the one that will add the final touch to your pit. That’s going to be your media. Whether you built the pit or bought one, you don’t want to see an empty pit with your burners exposed. When deciding media to go with it is all going to be up to you and your taste. From the companies we carry on The Outdoor Appliance Store, we have so many options for you to decide from. Every company has a different design and name for the same thing.

Let’s start with fire glass. What is it? Essentially it is tempered glass that has been heat-treated to be placed in fire pits. This also helps distribute the heat as well since the fire glass is going to retain heat giving you that ambient heat going around. So if you are looking for fire glass, you are going to have the biggest range of options that can be aesthetically pleasing, there are different styles and colors to choose from. This fire glass is also going to be one of the more expensive routes of getting firepit media. Now let’s dig into what style of glass you are looking for. If you are looking for something.

If you are looking for something smooth and round for a clean look try some of these media, in which many come in a small or large sizes

    • Warming Trends – lava rock, volcanic stone
    • Adjustable warming rack that can also be used as extra cooking space.
    • Hybrid direct heat and indirect ceramic grilling system.
    • Durable 304 stainless steel construction.
    • Every grill comes with 18 gauge stainless steel U-burners (now covered by a lifetime warranty!).

Maybe you are looking for “crushed class”, that broken glass look, or that reflective glass that make the fire look amazing

Choose The Perfect Fit

These options come in various color variations and size variations. When it comes to pricing these are going to be more expensive of all the media. For example, let’s say you have a round fire pit that is 36’’ in diameter, and the depth will be 3 inches, which is an average depth is 2-4 depending on your burner. According to the many media calculators found online, you would need 162 pounds of glass. Let’s say you used American Fyre Design Classic Black Fire glass as your media the cost would be $69 for a 10lb bag. That total for your pit would come out to $1,117.80. That would be just for fire glass.

fire glass color and size comparison by the handful in six colorsfire stone and lava rock comparisons in four colors

Lava Rock

An alternative to using fire glass would be Lava rock. What is lava rock? It is exactly how it sounds, it is a rock that forms from magma erupted from a volcano. It’s a popular alternative media that is used since it is cheaper than fire glass. It may not have a wow factor that the fire glass has, but it does provide a media that is needed. The option you can get vary from the size, color and type of rock you can get(i.e regular rock or “smooth stone”) The two color types are going to red and black. To the right are the brands that are carried on our website:

When it comes to the cost, it is definitely the cheaper alternative, for example, if we do the same amount of media, using the 36’’ in diameter and 3’’ inches depth to give us the 162 lbs of media, the average cost of the Warming Trends Black Lava Rock is $73 per 40lbs. That would bring the cost of filling the pit at $292. Which would be significantly lower than the fire glass.

There are a few things you can do to make your fire pit look beautiful without denting your wallet.

Tip #1 – Use a combination of both Lava Rock and Lava Glass. By doing this you can reduce your cost tremendously. All you would do is simply fill ¾ of the pit with the Lava rock, then put a screen on top the rock then continue to fill using your choice of glass.

Tip #2 – Maybe fire glass isn’t your choice of media but at the same time you want more than just the lava rocks, you can try out an Ornament by The Outdoor Plus. Or maybe you want that natural look so you can go with a faux log set.


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Fire pits offer a chance to add a literal spark to your yard. So, spice up any sunset with a glowing fire as you sip hot chocolate. Want a fireside snack? Enhance your experience by adding a little smoked flavor. Then, check out ourrecipe center for some delicious grill dishesThe Outdoor Appliance Store is available for all your outdoor appliance needs. We have a large selection of fire pits, grills, outdoor kitchen appliances, and more! Call us today at (844) 234-7714 to set up your free design consultation. With us, the sky is the limit. We want to help you build your perfect outdoor kitchen. Connect with us on LinkedInFacebook, and Instagram for more tips on enhancing your outdoor kitchen.