How do I distinguish between ceramic and tempered glass?

Ceramic glass is made from ceramic which is transparent but is typically referred to as glass. Ceramic is distinguishable from many types of glass because it is able to withstand high temperatures at steady rates without being harmed. Even when subjected to variations in temperatures, ceramic glass maintains its integrity. Wood stoves and fireplaces are frequently made from this highly-durable material as the products is within 6” from the heat produced by this equipment. We stock both the PyroCeram(R) and the NeoCeram(R). The PyroCeram (R) has been manufactured to be resistant to long-range temperatures of up to 1256 °F, while the NeoCeram(R) is able to withstand long-range temperatures of to 1470 °F.

In contrast, our tempered glass is well-known to the layperson and has been treated with heat to support greater durability and strength. Our tempered glass is also able to withstand thermal shocks, and is designed to alter the breakage pattern to reduce potential injuries should it break. Due to its specialized treatment, thermal glass can be used with confidence in areas where safety, physical strength and heat prevail. Fireplaces, prefab fireplaces that have grids to contain burning wood, masonry and fireplace doors are all ideal destinations for this type of glass.

Tempered glass has been designed to be utilized in situations where temperatures rise to 470 °F. When temperatures are higher than this, our tempered glass will become damaged and more easily prone to breaking. Should this tempered glass be used in areas where the temperature consistently achieves temperatures of 600 °F and higher, it will shatter into many small pieces.

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