Anyone Else Have Fire Bowls

6XSBChamps

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I just had my fire bowls hooked up which was the final construction piece in a long journey. Grand Effects 31" natural gas. Does anyone know if there is a specific lava rock that has to go in them? They put lava rock in there and it's fine but I was wondering how creative I can get down the road if I wanted to change color or the rock. Are there some types of rock that are better for flame than others? basically if anyone knows anything about them feel free to give feedbackfire bowls.jpg
 

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I have a fire pit and my builder used lava rock. The rock popped terribly at first. It would shoot little bits of rock all over the place. Builder said they had never heard of that happening. It appears that the lava rock needed to be tempered. I found that information on a fire pit instruction manual that I found in an obscure location on the internet. Once I had heated and cooled it several times, it quit popping.

I think as long as you temper it, any lava rock can be used. But I would probably try to find stuff from fire pit suppliers that has already been tempered.

I have since changed it out for the tempered fire glass. I prefer the look of that over the lava rock.

--Jeff
 

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I have a fire pit and my builder used lava rock. The rock popped terribly at first. It would shoot little bits of rock all over the place. Builder said they had never heard of that happening. It appears that the lava rock needed to be tempered. I found that information on a fire pit instruction manual that I found in an obscure location on the internet. Once I had heated and cooled it several times, it quit popping.

I think as long as you temper it, any lava rock can be used. But I would probably try to find stuff from fire pit suppliers that has already been tempered.

I have since changed it out for the tempered fire glass. I prefer the look of that over the lava rock.

--Jeff
good info. I was going to ask if changing to glass is really just as simple as me switching it out. sounds like it is
 

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I've seen some recently where it is a mix of lava rock and fire glass. I think the contrasting colors make the glass show up better, plus it would save a ton of $ since you already have the rock.

Here is an article with some picutures.

 

Turbo1Ton

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Yeah, it is as simple as swapping it out. Although depending on how much volume you have, you can use the lava rock to fill the majority, and use a thin layer of glass on top so you just see the glass. The glass is darn expensive. So anything you can do to minimize the amount helps.

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--Jeff
 
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