Asked on Feb 17, 2018

Can dollar store decorative colored glass be used in a gas fire pit?

by Arttice
Gas fire pit glass filling is so expensive. I wondered if the decorative glass could be used in the fire pit. I am thinking decorative glass might explode from the heat. Thank you in advance for your answers/thoughts on this.

  3 answers
  • Jlnatty Jlnatty on Feb 17, 2018
    First of all, are you sure it's glass? It could be cheap plastic and you sure would not want to try and put that anywhere near a hot fire. Second, even if those "jewels" are glass, I wouldn't use them because they might explode or melt if they get hot enough. You need a special kind of glass (fire glass) to stand up to the heat of a fire, that's why it's expensive.

    • Arttice Arttice on Feb 18, 2018
      Thanks. Yes it is glass, not plastic. We searched the web & got the answer that the glass could fracture and possibly fly out and injure someone. So we will stick to the lava rocks, cannot afford the "fire-glass". lol

  • Coco lee Coco lee on Feb 19, 2018
    I read somewhere that a broken tempered glass window works. When tempered glass is broken it breaks up into tiny pieces and holds up to the heat very well. You could probably get a second hand window cheap at a Re-store or scrap hardware place.

  • Lisa Lisa on Sep 21, 2020 says that YES you can use Dollar Store glass beads. This company sells DIY fire pit kits.