There are different methods on how people can get warmth and heat even in outdoor locations and one of them is through the use of outdoor heating pots like chimeneas. Chimeneas or chimineas are portable fireplaces. These fireplaces are specifically used outdoors because the fire will be protected from the weather thanks to its bulb- shaped body.
The name which sounds like ‘chimney’ actually relates well to tis appearance because at the top of the bulb body is a small chimney where the smoke escapes. The chiminea was originally used in Mexico and this was the equipment used by the ancient tribesmen to provide heat to their families and cook their food at the same time. Today, these portable fireplaces can readily be bought in stores and they vary in size, shape and design as well. Most of these fireplaces have a height of not more than 6 feet and the area where the bulb is found can be two feet in diameter.
Types of Chimeneas
There are different types of outdoor freestanding fireplaces available today. These types are determined not by shape but by the materials that were used in manufacturing them. Although these types may vary in material, they still carry the same shape which is bulbous in the bottom and shoots up into a vertical chimney.
• Clay. Clay is actually the material of choice when making a traditional chiminea. When clay is baked, it becomes a very durable material that can hold high temperatures but still retain its shape. The original chimeneas were made out of clay and they were formed by hands. Today, these clay fireplaces are made in two portions: the belly and the chimney. They are connected to each other once both pieces have dried and hardened. Although clay can be very attractive, it is the least durable material among all types as it may crack and break if used in extended periods of time. Another disadvantage of using clay is that it can soften up if exposed to water for numerous days. The clay type is definitely the cheapest version among all materials.
• Ceramic. The ceramic type is actually quite popular because of the gorgeous look and the wonderful finish that these portable fireplaces have. Many people who own patios and outdoor gardens have ceramic chimeneas not only to provide heat to visitors and guests during parties but also to add beauty to their lawn. Ceramics can withstand hotter temperatures for longer periods of time compared to clay. But when starting fire, never use liquid flammables to burn the wood because the liquid can damage the ceramic finish. Ceramic versions are quite pricey but they are definitely great additions to your gardens.
• Cast Iron. If you want to combine both function and affordability, then you should probably get a cast iron chiminea. Cast iron is not only economical but it is also low maintenance which is such a good advantage. Cast iron can also withstand high temperatures and you do not have to worry about cracking or breaking. Because cast iron is a type of metal, there are more intricate designs and styles to choose from as well.
Tips in Buying Chimeneas
When buying chimeneas, you need to consider different things to make sure that it will function well and serve its purpose in your home. Here are some useful tips:
• Aside from determining the type of material that you want for your chiminea, also choose the size of the bulb or the bowl. This is important because this is where you will be creating the fire. A bowl with an adequate opening will be able to take several pieces of large wood.
• Choose chimeneas that have spark arrestors. These are the mechanisms that prevent sparks from flying out from the chimney.