If you own a backyard then you are certainly familiar with how enjoying and relaxing can be those days and nights that you spend outside the house. Those moments filled with laughter while talking to your friends, or enjoying the smell of the grass and the breeze while resting after a long hardworking day, are reasons enough to never want them to stop. But when the summer ends and the days and nights start getting colder, the only way to comfortably sit outside is if you own some kind of outdoor fireplace.
Clay chimenea is one unique type of outdoor heating source and is considered one of the best looking because of this uniqueness. It was first invented by the Mexican tribesmen and it operates in the way that the built up heat within it is slowly released through its walls to heat the surrounding area. But because clay is very absorptive of water rain and snow can significantly damage it. Thus, it is recommended to protect the chimenea from such conditions and place it inside during these days.
There are certain things you need to be cautious about when placing and using a chimenea. As well as any outdoor fireplace, when placing a chimenea you need to make sure it is put on a flat fire-proof surface like rock, concrete or paving stones and that there are no leaning branches or awnings. When starting the fire it is suggested to build it slowly and to never use chemicals for this purpose. Since the clay chimenea cools off very slowly you should not touch it without gloves some time after extinguishing the fire. When extinguishing the fire never use water because this creates great smoke when combined with the hot clay.
These are some of the basic things you need to know about clay chimenea, how to use them and how to take good care of them.
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