COLORATION: Solid Concrete FireBalls, Fire Shapes, and Fire Stones are not a paint-based coating. They are a water based ceramic stain formulation that is made for fire use. This ceramic stain application will provide a fairly consistent covering, unfortunately not all castings absorb at the same rate. Some soak up all the coloration resulting in a "thin" look. When this occurs, we cannot "double dip", as the 2nd coating will reside on the surface; and will peel under heat.
In sum, there will be variations in the same color from time to time and piece to piece. The staining penetrates the base material to provide certain colorfastness under heat; unattainable by regular paint. Yet, over time and continual usage - the surface layer will burn away.
CRACKING: Hollow Terra Cotta FireBalls are not to exceed temperatures of 600 degrees. If placed directly on the fire, under excessive heat, over a long period of time, the FireBalls will crack. We would advise the following guidelines: If directly in the flames, run a low to medium flame, and remove when planning to run on high flame. Place the FireBalls behind the flames, and or in front of the flames. If FireBalls are in the flame, Do-Not place the opening of the hollow fireball down, allowing the flame to enter the hollow FireBall. Have the opening facing away from the flame (ideally facing the back of the fireplace).
Porcelain coated, Terra Cotta FireBalls (hallow): These are handmade 2-piece construction, and then porcelain coated. Because of the nature and construction of these FireBalls and the actual material, there is no guarantee to the finished look. The porcelain is applied and fired up to 2200 degrees. The rate and adhesion is different with every batch of balls manufactured. Some may be shinier the others and or smoother. Some may be and can have a rougher texture than the previous batch. There is nothing wrong with the FireBalls just because they look different than any other previous balls manufactured or purchased.
If directly in the flames, run a low to medium flame, and remove when planning to run on high flame.
Place the balls behind the flames, and or in front of the flames.
If FireBalls are in the flame, Do-Not place the opening of the hollow FireBall down, allowing the flame to enter the hollow fireball. Have the opening facing away from the flame (ideally facing the back of the fireplace).
Chemistry and Physics class, now pay attention!
Water vaporizes 1,700 times its size, that’s a lot! So if your FireBalls are wet or have been subjected to moisture, they will crack or explode if they are heated too quickly (try to keep them covered when not in use). Turn your fire on low to dry the FireBalls completely. If you choose to do otherwise, you can or will cause damage, accept responsibility. The FireBalls are designed as a creative design element to place in your outdoor or indoor fireplace or fire pit.
Yes, there are rules and you must abide by the rules or you will damage your person, property or the FireBalls themselves. Used respectfully, they will work as intended, if misused or used incorrectly, there can be and will be consequences. Please use your fires responsibly. For those of you who cannot follow rules and live on the edge, maybe this product is not for you.
The next fireplace is from Chris Ackopiantz in PalosVerdes California.
Chris lives in a condo complex with only wood burning fireplaces. Chris received permission from his complex to add a propane fed fireplace. Burning wood is not only dirty and nasty, it is very unhealthful as well.