Chimineas

As the evening chill draws in it’s time to light your lovely Chiminea. Warm your outdoor space with a Chiminea garden heater that provides a wonderful, styling heat source for your outdoor space. Make the most of your terrace, patio, veranda or garden by extending the length of time you can spend outdoors.

A beautiful but low cost Chiminea adds a stunning stylistic feature to your outdoor space or garden. They are super easy to maintain and don’t create any mess.

Chiminea Buying Guide

Which Chiminea is right for you?

Chimineas, or Chimneas or Chimeneas as some people call them, make a great addition to your outdoor space, allowing you to enjoy warm evenings under the stars.

Family and friends will enjoy sharing conversation and a little refreshment without getting cold on cooler evenings. But selecting the right Chiminea can sometimes be a little bewildering, which is why we’ve put together this useful Chiminea buying guide.

There are thousands of Chiminea models on the market today but they fall into 3 basic types, based on the material they are made from: ceramic (clay), cast-iron and steel.

Before making any decisions it’s a good idea to ask yourself a few basic questions that will inform your selection.

  • What type of fuel are you planning to use?
  • Do you want a Chiminea primarily for warmth and heat or do you also want to cook on it?
  • How big is the area in which you want to use your Chiminea?
  • Will it stay in one place or do you need to move it around?
  • What style of garden, patio or veranda do you have?
  • Do you have pets and children?

Clay (ceramic) Chimineas

Ceramic Chimineas are the traditional way in which they have been historically made in central and south America for many centuries. But it’s worth noting that there are many low quality, poorly made clay Chimineas on the market today – so beware.

Clay Chimineas can’t withstand the high temperatures that cast-iron or steel is capable of. This makes them entirely unsuitable for coal as a fuel source. But a ceramic chiminea is the most environmentally friendly material and it should happily burn wood, charcoal, cardboard and even deal with your backyard debris without a problem.

Clay Chimineas are also good for cooking, especially if fitted with a grill. They typically split into two halves so that the bottom half can be used as fire basket with a useful grill on top. But remember that they are not fully functioning barbecues so a clay Chiminea isn’t likely to be right for big family outdoor feasts.

A key advantage of ceramic Chimineas is that the outside doesn’t get as hot as metal. This is particularly important if you have young children or animals around as they are far less likely to get burned.

Another important aspect of clay Chimineas is that they are far easier to assemble and install. Just find a nice level spot and you’re ready to fire it up.

Cast Iron Chimineas

A key advantage of a cast iron Chiminea is the heat that it can produce. They burn fuel at particularly high temperatures making them highly suitable for heating larger outdoor spaces. But they tend to be heavy, so you will probably not want to move the Chiminea around very often. Also, the high temperature makes them more dangerous so it’s essential that children and animmals keep their distance.

Cast iron Chimineas are particularly good for cooking and they will take any fuel, including coal which burns at a very high temperature. It’s always beneficial to winterise your cast iron Chiminea and cover it to protect from the effects of winter weather.

Steel Chimineas

A steel Chiminea is much lighter than a cast iron model of the same size. This makes them far more suitable if you anticipate the need to move it around. A steel Chiminea is also much easier to maintain than either cast iron, which can rust, or clay, which can crack and split.

The less favourable aspects of steel Chimineas is that they don’t get as hot as cast iron or clay and it’s the least environmentally friendly material. But they will accept any type of fuel, athough you need to be a bit careful with high temperatures.

Steel Chimineas are also very good for cooking. If you are seeking a low maintenance, relatively lightweight, versatile Chiminea then a steel model is likely to be right for you.

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