The chiminea, a pot-bellied long necked fireplace that’s ideal for the main focal point of your garden may just be the item that you never thought you needed. That’s until you get one and realise that you couldn’t go without having one again.
The chiminea originates from Spain but has been extensively used in Mexico also for 400 years. The traditional chiminea is made from clay and was originally used inside the home for heating and cooking. Today, they’ve become a common garden fixture, offering a great source of heat for those frosty evenings. Having evolved from being moulded from clay to being made with cast iron or aluminium, there’s a great array to choose from.
What is a chiminea used for?
The modern day chiminea is primarily used for entertaining, allowing you to spend longer outside on cooler evenings. Many of the chimineas that are available today come with an optional grill which turns your chiminea into a small barbecue.
However, their primary use is as an outdoor heater and an alternative to big gas powered outdoor heaters. Chimineas are designed to stand off the floor and, as relatively small objects, they don’t cause any sort of damage to your garden. The more traditional clay chimineas should only be used to burn wood to generate the heat while the cast iron and aluminium chimineas can be used with coal, wood and specialist heatblox logs.
How do you maintain a chiminea?
• Wait until the fire has died out and the ashes have gone cold before using a heavy-duty brush to scrape the ash out.
• Use warm water and a brush to clean the soot and stains on the inside. This will greatly extend the life of your chiminea.
• Use a chiminea sealer, these can come as spray or liquid, and cover the chiminea once you’ve finished cleaning it, this will further protect your chiminea from wear and tear.
• Purchase a cover to protect the chiminea from the elements.
To have a look around and see what Chimineas are available, visit our store today.