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What is Mica Glass for Wood Stoves?

 Mar 11, 2019  Fast Replacement Glass News

What is Mica Glass for Wood Stoves?Mica stove glass is transparent, thin slices of mica stone, generally 0.003 to 0.005 inches thick, that can endure temperatures as high as 1800° F (982° C). Yet it can easily be cut to size with scissors, a paper cutter, or an exacto knife. Making its first appearance in wood stoves during the 1700s, mica glass panels were used in lanterns, stoves, furnaces, and boiler peepholes. With a clear to bronze tint, mica glass sheets look very similar in appearance to translucid plastic. They are made by carefully stripping away paper-thin layers of mica away from the main, quartz-like stone.

How to Clean Mica Glass?

  • Rinse off the glass with a gentle stream of clean water
  • Water down 3 drops of mild, non-detergent soap with about 1 pint of water
  • Wash the mica fire glass with the soapy water solvent and a soft cloth
  • Thoroughly rinse with new, clean water, and a 2nd soft, clean cloth.
  • Dry the glass with a 3rd clean cloth so as to not leave any residue behind.

What Mica Glass Sizes Do We Carry?

Here at Fast Replacement Glass, we offer individuals sheets of mica glass, ranging in size from 2x2 inches to 6x8 inches. For larger areas, multiple panels of mica glass will need to be pieced together.

How to Install Mica Glass:

After checking that the glass fits to the intended frame, making any needed size adjustments by trimming it with a pair of scissors, clamp the glass in the frame. Fire rated cement can be used to help secure it.

Where to Get Mica Glass:

Here! At Fast Replacement Glass!

When ordering mica glass, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Glass expands when heated. So we ask that you please order or cut the mica glass to size so that it is a ⅛ inch smaller than the intended frame to help accommodate for this thermal expansion.
  • Mounting hardware, such as metal screws, also expand under heat. Over-tightening hardware can cause the glass to break when the unit is in use.

Shop our selection of mica glass on Fast Replacement Glass

Last updated on March 11th 2019.

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