While fire glass may look purely decorative, it’s actually far more functional than you think. This tempered glass, manufactured in various shapes, is used as a medium to retain and direct heat, usually in natural gas fireplaces / fire pits. Since fire glass does not burn, but retains heat and refracts light as a result of burning gas, it can also be used to obscure the gas plumbing inherent in gas fireplaces or stoves. This type of glass comes in 0.25″-0.5″ shards of tempered glass with smoothed edges to decrease risk of cuts. Continue reading for more cool images from around the web. Click here to view bonus images of some geeky food facts.