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Clay chimineas have been used as outdoor heaters and to cook food for several centuries now. They originated in Mexico in order to protect fires and food from being spoiled by any rain and after being exported to the United States it did not take long for them to become the popular garden feature we now see in fashionable, socialising gardens across the globe.
Clay chimineas are a freestanding fixture which resembles a bulb shape with a wide round base and plenty of room to access and top up the fire with the short, wide chimney on the top. Clay chimineas are now primarily used for two main purposes; as a garden feature and patio heater. They also have the option to be used to cook food in a similar way to a barbecue if you buy the relevant additional attachments such as grilling shelves.
Fires in the chiminea are quick and easy to get started thanks to their efficient design and the way the air gets to the fire to increase the burning. Anything can be used in the chiminea to start the fire but untreated wood, coal, briquettes and charcoal are all recommended options; many also choose burn their garden and household waste. Those intending on cooking food on the chiminea should plan ahead and ensure that when they are going to use it to cook they use the specialist coal which is made for barbecues and cooking food.
The traditional and original clay chiminea. Perfect for smaller gardens
A clay chiminea is a great alternative to the popular cast iron chiminea for those wanting the rustic Mediterranean look of clay chiminea without the intense heat that the cast iron models can provide. Clay chimineas are available in a range of colours especially authentically patterned ones for those preferring the traditional Mexican look!
The cost of a clay chiminea starts at around £40 for the smaller models for the company gardens up to over £100 for the bigger chimineas for the bigger gardens and frequent users that require more heat!
Clay chimineas are not as durable as the cast iron and steel chiminea alternatives and if you are looking for something low maintenance perhaps consider the other options. The clay chiminea will need to be taken care of to prolong the life of the product and avoid the many common problems that many clay chiminea owners face, these include cracks, flaking layers of clay and crumbling! These problems are most common in low temperatures and in the event of a sudden temperature change; an example of this would be sudden cold rainfall during or immediately after a fire or frosty evenings. In order to prevent this you should consider a chiminea cover and clay sealants as essential purchases and consider where you plan to store your chiminea during winter and the frosty spring.