Chimineas originated in Mexico as an outdoor heat source and cooking item. Though originally of clay or ceramic design, most chimineas nowadays are constructed from a hearty metal material for durability. Either cast iron or cast aluminum, the designs artisans attain for chimineas are astounding.
The chiminea’s bulbous design has two major benefits. First, it directs the smoke through it flue directly up into the air. The open style of a fire pit also means that the wind can flow the smoke any which way, and with my luck, I’m always sitting down wind of the smoke. The chiminea directs the smoke away, so you can have a more pleasant fire experience. Second, the chimney structure gives the fire inside unique air flow which keeps the flames fed with oxygen.
Chimineas are ideal for people with balconies and small decks. They don’t take up much space, and their construction makes them safer than a fire pit. The mesh screen ensures that embers and sparks don’t fly out, and the logs are contained within the structure, ensuring that they won’t randomly roll out. Most all chimineas come with cooking grates so that you can grill your food within while you’re enjoying the fire.
Made to take the heat, rain, cold, and sun of the outdoors, this is a very durable fire construction for your home. The lid at the top of the chimney keeps the rain water out, so the bowl of the chiminea doesn’t pool with water and stays dry for your next fire. Giving you a unique look to your patio with or without a fire going, you’ll be sure to love this new addition to your home! For more chiminea examples, click here.
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