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Fire Glass vs. Firestone – Factors to Consider

Fire Glass vs. Firestone - Factors to Consider

There are several factors to consider when comparing fire glass with lava stone for gas fire pits. For instance, aesthetics, heat distribution, maintenance, and cost. This article will explore these points while highlighting the cautionary note that fire glass can trap propane, necessitating careful consideration when using it with propane fuel:

Fire Glass vs. Firestone - Factors to Consider


    • Fire Glass: Fire glass, also known as fire beads or fire crystals, is available in various colors and shapes, creating a modern and elegant appearance. It reflects and enhances flames, making it an excellent choice for those seeking a contemporary and decorative look. However, it’s crucial to exercise caution when using fire glass with propane fuel that propane is heavier than air. If one layers on too much glass you can effectively trap the propane should one have a leak as it sinks into the fire pit and trap the propane, risking ignition.   Natural gas is lighter than air and as opposed to propane it does not sink. 
    • Lava Stone: Lava stone provides a more rustic and natural look, available in earthy tones like black, brown, and red. While it may not offer the same variety of colours as fire glass, lava stone can complement outdoor and rustic settings well.

Heat Distribution:

    • Fire Glass: Fire glass does not absorb heat and efficiently and therefore does not reflect the heat produced by flames until the unit has been on for some time.. Once glass is heated up it tends to “hold” the heat for an extended period after the fire has been extinguished. This means you have to be wary of using fabric covers until you are assured that the fire pit is cold to the touch to avoid burning your cover.  
    • Lava Stone: Lava stone absorbs and retains heat, providing a gradual release over time. While contributing to a cozy atmosphere, it might not distribute heat as efficiently as fire glass and it will cool down faster than fire glass. 


    • Fire Glass: Fire glass is generally low-maintenance, producing no ash, soot, or debris. Cleaning is relatively easy, involving rinsing or wiping down. However, caution should be exercised when cleaning around propane connections.
    • Lava Stone: Lava stone may accumulate ash and debris over time, requiring regular cleaning to maintain its appearance. While it may demand more effort compared to fire glass, it’s essential to exercise caution with propane connections in both cases.


    • Fire Glass: Fire glass is much more expensive than lava stone, with costs varying based on type, color, and brand. Despite the higher cost, many find the aesthetic benefits and low maintenance worthwhile. 
    • Lava Stone: Lava stone is generally more budget-friendly than fire glass, making it a more economical choice.  
    • In summary, the choice between fire glass and lava stone depends on personal preferences, budget, and the desired aesthetic. Exercise caution with fire glass and propane fuel, taking necessary precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience.

Fire Glass vs. Firestone - Factors to Consider


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Enhance Your Outdoor Space using Lava Stone and Firestone with Gas Fire Pits

Enhance Your Outdoor Space using Lava Stone and Firestone with Gas Fire Pits

Lava stone and firestone are extraordinary materials that enhance the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your outdoor sanctuary. Elevating your experience and creating a more cohesive look is important to many, particularly if you wish to spend your evenings gathered around a fire pit, enjoying the warm glow. So if you are looking for a practical and subtle way to change up your exterior design, consider lava stone and/or firestone.

Lava Stone: Nature’s Gift to Outdoor Heating

Derived from volcanic eruptions, lava stone, also known as volcanic rock, has become a staple in gas fire pit design. Beyond its visually striking appearance, lava stone possesses unique qualities that make it an ideal choice for outdoor heating. Not only do they disguise the burner and ignition elements, but they also finish off the fire pit, regardless of its construction material.

The porous nature of lava stone allows it to efficiently absorb and radiate heat, creating a consistent warmth that extends your outdoor enjoyment. Prioritising safety, lava stone’s ability to withstand high temperatures ensures a secure and reliable heat source. Its diverse colour palette, ranging from earthy tones to vibrant hues, offers a plethora of design possibilities, making it easy to customise your fire pit to harmonise with your outdoor aesthetic. However, it’s crucial to note that the porosity of lava stone can be a weak point, especially if it’s wet during ignition, potentially causing the stone to “pop.” To address this, Solus Decor also employs firestone.

Firestone: Sculpting Flames into Art

Enter the realm of firestone – specially crafted refractory stone kiln-dried at 600 degrees Celsius, designed to withstand the intense heat produced by gas fire pits while adding an artistic flair to the flames. Beyond its functional and safety purposes, firestone serves as a canvas for the dance of the flames.

Carefully selected and manufactured, firestone is strategically arranged to accentuate the beauty of the fire. This dynamic display transforms your gas fire pit into a sophisticated focal point, creating an ambiance that is both elegant and captivating.

Enhance Your Outdoor Space using Lava Stone and Firestone with Gas Fire Pits

Design Freedom and Arrangements:

Lava stone and firestone offer boundless design possibilities, inviting you to unleash your creativity and personalise your outdoor retreat. Whether experimenting with circular arrangements, mosaic patterns, or a combination of colours, these stones provide the freedom to craft a fire pit that resonates with your unique style.

The versatility of these stones extends beyond their visual appeal; they provide a tactile experience, inviting you to touch and feel the natural textures. As you design your gas fire pit, consider how the stones can enhance not only the aesthetics but also the overall sensory experience of your outdoor haven.

Low Maintenance, Long-lasting Beauty:

Practicality meets beauty with lava stone and firestone. These natural materials are not only durable but also low maintenance. Their resistance to wear and tear ensures that your gas fire pit remains a stunning focal point season after season. Periodic cleaning and inspection can keep the stones looking natural and organic, allowing you to enjoy the magic they bring to your outdoor space for years to come.

Incorporating lava stone and firestone into your modern gas fire pit design is a transformative journey that turns your outdoor oasis into a haven of warmth and beauty. As you gather around the fire, let the enchanting glow of flames on these natural stones create moments that linger in your memory. Embrace the magic, and watch as your outdoor space becomes a sanctuary of comfort and style.