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  • How to Clean Fire Glass in Your Fireplace or Fire Pit

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    An Impressive Man-Made Option for Your Fire Pit

    If you’re looking for an impressive contemporary appearance for your fire pit, fire glass makes a perfect media option. This manufactured glass has been treated to withstand the high temperatures found in your fire place or fire pit. This special tempering process means your glass won’t burn, ash, crack, or pop when used, resulting in a product capable of lasting indefinitely—even with frequent use.

    Beautiful and Functional

    Fire glass does more than just enhance the appearance of your fire feature—it performs an essential role! Without media like fire glass or lava rock, a gas fire feature is too efficient. The result is an unimpressive, diminished flame. When fire media is added, gas must make its way between your lava stones or fire glass, resulting in a full, impressive flame.

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    Fire Glass Maintenance

    Although fire glass is relatively hassle-free, you may start to notice it can become dirty over time. Fortunately, the process for cleaning fire glass is simple and straightforward, allowing you to keep your glass looking new for many years.

    How to Clean Fire Glass

    Step 1: Prepare your fire pit.

    Shut down the gas supply for your fire pit or fireplace. You’ll also want to make sure you give your glass plenty of time to cool if you’ve used it recently. (Yes, we have to say it. You know how people are sometimes.)

    Step 2: Remove the existing fire glass from the fire feature

    Do you have a bucket handy? If so, it will make this process much easier. Scoop out the glass and drop it in the bucket.

    Step 3: Wash your glass

    Fill your bucket with warm, soapy water. You don’t need any special cleaning product—dish soap will work just fine! Stir the soapy, watery, glassy mixture using the scrub brush of your choice. A toilet brush works well for this task. (We recommend a previously unused brush, of course.)

    Note: If you’re using an alcohol or chemical-based cleaner, you’ll want to give your glass a thorough rinse to ensure all flammable substances have been removed.

    Step 4: Dry the glass

    Drain your water. Lay down towels or newspaper and spread your clean and shiny fire glass evenly. Allow the glass to sit until completely dry.

    Note: If your glass is still damp when returned to your fire feature, you may experience popping. This is the result of water boiling off the glass. While this is temporary, it’s easier just to let all glass dry completely before use.

    Step 5: Return the fire glass to the fire feature

    Now that you’ve removed the build-up from your glass, it’s as good as new! Add the fire glass back to your fire pit or fireplace and enjoy your beautiful investment until the next time it needs a quick bath.

    Have Any Other Questions About Fire Glass?

    If there's anything else you'd like to know about our fire glass, check out our helpful fire glass buying guide. You can also give us a call at 888-977-6849 and a helpful member of our team can answer any remaining questions you may have!

  • Luxury and Performance Combine in Hestan Grills

    A Grill for Cooks with a Flair for Style

    Grills are often seen as utilitarian pieces. They’re made to do one job, and--if they’re sold at Spotix.com--they'll do it very well. For some, though, this isn’t enough. They want their toys to have style. For these discerning grillers, Hestan has created a full line of grills that are more than just cookware--they're a statement piece.

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  • How to Grill a Bone-In Ribeye

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    A perfect meal for date night—or any other night!

    Preparing a restaurant-quality steak doesn't have to be an intimidating process. With a little prep work, anyone can create a delicious steak that's sure to impress.

    Before beginning, you'll want to read through this entire recipe at least once. This will give you a better idea when to start your steaks on the grill so they finish at the same time as your red beef reduction—no one wants a delicious steak with a cold sauce.

    Read on if you're ready to up your grilling game!

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  • Blaze Grills: An Affordable Introduction to High-End Grilling

    A Worthy Option for Any BBQ Lover

    Since being introduced on our website, Blaze Grills have quickly become one of our best-selling brands - and for good reason. These grills offer an excellent balance between premium quality and affordable cost. We’ve put together this primer to help you decide if one of these great grills is right for your outdoor kitchen.

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  • What Makes HPC's Hi/Low Electronic Ignition Kits a Great Choice for Your Gas Fire Pit?

    HPC's Premium Electronic Ignition Systems Have Returned

     

    Hearth Products Controls is back again with the impressive new electronic hot surface ignition fire pit kits. The unique high-low kits are the culmination of imaginative design, research, and testing, and they’re now available for you at Spotix.com. Just what makes these fire pit kits some of the most impressive systems on the market? See for yourself with this in-depth look at HPC’s newest creations.

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  • AWEIS Electronic Ignition System Facts and Features

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    Overview

    Electronic ignition systems offer an added level of convenience when using an outdoor gas fire pit. With the push of a button—possibly even through remote control—you can control the flames of your fire feature and significantly add to the ambiance of your outdoor area. Among electronic ignition systems, the All-Weather Electronic Ignition System (AWEIS) from Fire by Design stands as one of the best. Featuring innovative design and a rigorous testing process, these systems are worthy of consideration for anyone who wants to upgrade their fire pit.
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  • What Makes Everdure a Different Breed of BBQ Grill?

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    Not Your Average Charcoal Grill

    Everdure products are now available at Spotix.com. These grills and grill accessories offer a unique alternative to more traditional barbecue grills, from the visionary mind of award winning chef Heston Blumenthal but are they right for you? Check out this helpful guide we’ve put together to help you decide.

    3-Michelin Star Chef Heston Blumenthal Brings a New Twist to BBQ Grills

    Everdure grills are the culmination of thoughtful design, premium engineering, and collaboration from one of the world’s top chefs, Heston Blumenthal, to create a grilling experience unlike any other. With 20 years professional culinary experience, Blumenthal incorporated his favorite cooking techniques into the design of these grills for what he considers to be “a 3 Michelin star barbecue range.”

    These grills take a traditional product and add a contemporary aesthetic to create products that are both high-performing and aesthetically pleasing. Both charcoal and gas units are available to cater to all segments of the outdoor grilling market.
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  • How to Build A Fire Pit Kit with a Propane Tank

    Designing a Propane Fire Pit

    Propane gas fire pits are becoming more common in residential settings given their convenient design. However, running new gas lines can be prohibitively expensive and requires professional installers to ensure a satisfactory outcome. For this reason, many consumers choose to fuel their fire pits using a standard propane tank.

    At Spotix, we’re often asked how long a propane tank will fuel a typical backyard fire pit. This answer will vary based on the size of your tank as well as the BTU rating of the fire pit burner. To calculate approximate burn times for yourself, we’ve put together this helpful guide. Consider grills as a point of reference, as these calculations will work for propane grills as well.

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  • Seared Tuna on a Himalayan Salt Block

    It's late November, Thanksgiving is looming and the winter weather has arrived early. But those of us who love to grill will still find a way to get outside and cook up something special, even if the weather is less than ideal. With that being said, the weather does pose a challenge - the colder temps inhibit the high heat searing we all love from our grills. An easy solution? A salt block. Salt blocks are great to use any time of the year, indoors or out, but they're perfectly suited for these colder temperatures and to use on your grill. Think cast iron - the lovely black pans that last for generations and are so heavy they just sear so well. The same principle holds true with a salt block - it's so heavy, thermally speaking (and by weight, of course) that it retains heat extremely well, which in turn will allow it to sear extremely well.

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  • An Overview of HPC Electronic (EI) Gas Fire Pit Inserts



    Electronic ignition systems present a premium upgrade option for all gas fire pit projects – from the DIY backyard gas fire pit to commercial restaurant and hotel projects. Instead of dealing with matches or lighters, you control the flames at the flick of a switch or the push of a button. If you’re looking for simplicity and quality, electronic ignition fire pit systems offer the best option for your project. Continue reading

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