Top positive review
11 April 2013
I have had this chiminea now for three years. It was bought to provide heat for a garden seating area which was started in June 2010. Even before we had laid the patio we had used it and were very pleased with the heat output.
Later that year, once the project was completed we used it in both October and November and were stripped down to 'T' Shirts in front of the fire.
It is a great focal point for an evening with friends and we have often sat around until 2 or 3 in the morning without realising where the time had gone to. It satisfies a primeval urge for Man to make fire. A 'chiminea' evening has never disappointed. Depending on the amount and type of fuel you load into it, you can literally have the steel glowing red hot = heat radiating the full 360 deg. The design is excellent and the draw on the flue is well designed so that any smoke is blasted upward and away by the heat from below. If loaded with fast-burning wood, eg old fence panels chopped up you can get the flames to shoot out of the top and melt anyone stood too close!
As it is steel it does get a bit of rust, but I store it in a shed after use (once it has cooled down) and at the start of each year give it a rub down and respray with some heat resistant paint.
After 3 years it is still going strong and has been used already this year recently during the cold spell.