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Wood Stove Glass

Wood stove glass questions and replacement ideas are a common theme from many of our readers. Here are some things you need to know, before looking into replacements or upgrades. Of course, the best source is to check with the manual, but we all know those can go missing sometimes!:

What Type of Glass is it?

Glass-Ceramic: This is the most common type of wood stove glass. Its a special hybrid mixture that is rated to go much hotter than normal tempered, up to 1380 degrees. It comes in a standard 3/16 inch thickness. You may see this sold under several different brand names. Pyroceram is very common. This is a Corning brand. You'll also see Robax or Neoceram brands as well. These all have identical specifications so you can go on price if needed. It will have an amber tint to it because it is not an actual glass but a ceramic.

Tempered: This is glass commonly found with fireplaces. You'll know its tempered if it shatters into many pieces when breaking. However, it should not be used with wood stoves, although some 3rd party or custom jobs may have it. Many fireplace owners think that the same glass will work in a stove, but its a big difference in temperature. While fireplaces only usually get just over 400 degrees, efficient wood stoves can get up to 1200 degrees. Its not rated to handle the heat load of a typical wood stove and should be avoided.







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