Since many fireplaces and fire pits run on gas these days, there’s no need to have logs on the grate. Most of them don’t look all that natural anyway. If you’re interested in giving up the pretense, you could try a fun alternative, such as these glass crystals.
You can buy the crystals in one-pound bags from Fire Pit Glass Crystals. They come in any number of colors as well as interesting blends. With prices starting at $5 a pound, they’re not likely to break the bank either.
In addition to being decorative, the glass crystals retain heat and radiate it to the area around the fire pit, so they can make the air warmer than it would be from gas flames alone.
Check out the company’s FAQ for more information.