Lava is a less expensive option, therefore easier to replace if needed; however, Lava emits less heat than glass.
Warning! Lava can absorb moisture and might pop when the fire is lit and it gets hot. If it was raining, even if fire bowl was covered, Lava still might have moisture in it. Let Lava dry as much as possible and let the fire bowl work for 10-15 minutes while standing away from it. Lava can sometimes explode and could be dangerous.
If you have kids around the fire bowl when the fire is off lava might be less "appetizing" for kids than glass, especially the glass beans that could look as a candy. Always watch children around the fire bowl.
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Do you really need the Electronic Ignition & Shut Off System for use with your fire bowl? It depends where and how many fire bowls you are planning to have. If you plan to have one fire bowl and intend to sit around it, it's not always necessary to have an electronic ignition system. Always check...…
If you live in a rainy area of the country, you might want to rethink using Lava in the fire bowl. As mentioned before, moisture has an affect on Lava rocks. When lava rocks are wet and fire is ignited, steam is created which might pop the lava; and sometimes even cause the lava rock to pop outside...
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