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One that catches many peoples eye though, is the Chiminea.

But what is a chiminea, and what can you use it for?

What is a chiminea?

A chiminea is a clay or cast iron, closed fire pit that was traditionally used for heating and cooking, originating in Mexico. It has a bulbous bottom with a hole in the side to place your fire wood in. Formed at the top of the base is a chimney which allows the heat and smoke to escape.

What can you use a chiminea for?

The use of a chiminea hasn’t really changed much over the years. You can still load it full of fire wood and use it to heat your garden, or attach a grill to the chimney or inside it to do some traditional style cooking over the open flame.

It’s considered a safer option than fire pits as the flames are contained within the chiminea itself with the smoke and flames directed up through the flue.

Here are a few uses for a Chiminea:

Heating with your Chiminea

Chimineas are well suited to heating garden areas. They are quick to heat up and due to the material they are created from, typically clay or cast iron, can retain heat for a long time.

This makes them ideal for heating small gardens and areas within 2 meters, the distance that the heat can be felt from the Chiminea itself.

Cooking with your Chiminea

Cooking on a chiminea can be done in multiple ways. You can attach a grill to the inside over the open flames, or you can attach a grill to the top of the chimney.

Which you choose is up to you, however placing a grill inside the Chiminea offers you a greater surface area for which to cook on.

Is it ideal for large parties? Probably not, as the size of the grill is limited to the size of your chiminea, and you’re better off cooking on a fire pit or your bbq.

However, for small gatherings, roasting marshmallows or sweetcorn it can be a great alternative to firing up the bbq.

What do you burn in a Chiminea?

When it comes to what to burn in a Chiminea, this is pretty much the same as what you’d burn in a typical fire pit.

It’s best to use kiln-dried fire wood as it has a low moisture content, however, wood that’s been seasoned properly can also be a good alternative as they give burn well, produce lots of heat, burn for a long time and produce less smoke than other types of wood.

When it comes to cooking though you can also use bbq charcoal as an alternative, just be sure to prepare your Chiminea properly, keep it cleaned and keep it well maintained using a sealant to protect it from the weather to ensure you have the best results.

Summing Up

Chimineas are not only a great way to heat up your garden space, but can also be used as a bbq grill with a few extra accessories.

They look good too, adding an extra feature that doesn’t look out of place in any modern or traditional style gardens.

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