Especially in cold areas, turning on the fireplace during an open house can be very attractive. However, real wood-burning fireplaces can be messy and leave a smoky odor in the air that can be too strong for some potential buyers. And if you opt for fake logs, well, they can sometimes look too fake. But a growing trend is to fill the fireplace with recycled, reflective glass—it’s clean, easy to install in a short time, and pretty to look at. Plus, an added benefit—the materials heat up quickly and give off a little more warmth.
If your fireplace is set up to burn real wood and has a natural gas starter log in it, you’ll need to consult with experts to modify it before you can install the glass. You’ll also need to use specially manufactured glass. Do not attempt to put ordinary glass in the fireplace—you’ll get an unwanted effect—glass can come popping out into the room as it heats up.