Cast Iron Chimineas
Small, Cast Iron Chiminea (Black)
La Hacienda, 43cm x 112cm (Bronze)
Cast Iron Chiminea, 85cm x 46cm (Black/Bronze)
Extra Large Cast Iron Chimenea
Santa Lucia, 110cm x 50cm diameter (Bronze)
Cast Iron Chiminea, 42.5cm x 105cm (Black)
Cast iron chimineas have grown in popularity in recent years and can now be found on many garden patios throughout the country, but why the sudden increase in popularity for this relatively traditional piece of garden equipment? The versatile cast iron chiminea is a multifunctional piece of equipment boasting three main roles, a patio heater or garden fireplace, a garden feature and a small barbecue all in one!
The main role a cast iron chiminea is used for is as a cost effective, more attractive patio heater compared to the expensive and relatively ugly gas and electricity patio heaters on the market!
Chimineas are simple to set up and can be used simply by inserting wood, briquettes, coal or charcoal and setting them alight, topping up throughout the evening to get the right amount of heat for you and the size of the patio area.
Although all chimineas can get very hot due to the shape, body and the way the air accesses the fire, the cast iron models have the potential to give out an immense amount of heat compared to other materials such as the clay chiminea. This makes it perfect for those with a large open area such as a large patio to heat up but those with a more crowded garden, overhanging trees or decking should consider other options such as a clay chiminea which do not pose as much of a fire risk.
Cook food on your chiminea
For those planning on using the chiminea as an occasional barbecue then you should either ensure the model you are looking at comes with fittings to add the additional parts such as barbecue grills. You should also bear in mind if you are planning on cooking food on your chiminea specialist barbecue coal is recommended.
If style is important to you then I am sure the vintage rustic charm of the cast iron chiminea along with the ability to double up as a garden feature when not in use is one of the main reasons why you chose a chiminea rather than the conventional patio heater. The cast iron chiminea can be left exposed to the elements if you wish and prefer the rustic look however it is recommended you use a chiminea cover to prolong the life and finish of your chiminea.
Cast iron chimineas tend to all be along the same lines in terms of shape however there are many modifications, styles and sizes to ensure you get the chiminea perfect for you. The typical chiminea is freestanding and vaguely resembles a hollow sphere with a tall thin chimney on the top.
There are a wide range of garden chimineas available such as clay but cast iron is always one of the more popular options out there thanks to combination of their classical vintage charm and their relative durability compared to the other materials available. Being cast iron the chiminea is not just easy to clean and maintain it is tough and long lasting making this a great value purchase which can serve you for several years. Whenever your chiminea is in need of a new lease of life you just need to repaint the surface with heat resistant paint!