Buying a chiminea?
Chiminea Buying Guide
The idea behind this article is to help you find out the very basic information you will need to know about the various chimineas available on the market before diving in and making an uninformed purchase.
We will name the different types of chiminea available on the market, whilst also providing a short description behind the manufacture and build quality of each chiminea variant and the different sizes that are available to choose from.
Hopefully, this will help you to make a more informed purchase before investing your money, thus giving you the best possible chance of buying a chiminea that is right for both you and your garden.
The Perfect Garden Accessory
With Spring upon us and the Summer on it's way, now is probably the best time of year to purchase a chiminea.
Within this article, we will provide a few hints and tips as to which type of chiminea would be better suited to you, your lifestyle and your garden, ensuring you make the right choice when the time comes to make your purchase.
A chiminea - much like a fireplace in your living room - can and probably should become a focal feature to your garden, especially within the seating area of your garden. Not only because a chiminea provides immense warmth, but also because there are some highly stylish looking cast iron chimineas, whilst also giving the option of a traditional style to suit a traditional style garden.
Flames from an open fire always seem to provide a therapeutic calmness and with the added benefit of generating plenty of warmth, the ability to burn and dispose of old garden waste and or paper, whilst also providing a great additional benefit to cook/BBQ food.
So go on, enhance your Spring/Summer garden experience, buy a chiminea!
Buy a Chiminea - Here we provide a selection of recommended chimineas
Using the information provided in this buying guide, you should now have enough knowledge about the basics of chimineas to make an informed purchase of the much sought after garden accessory - the much loved, chiminea.
Cast Iron Chimineas
Cast iron chimineas are just that - chimineas made from cast iron
Cast iron chimineas are almost defintely the top selling type of chiminea available on the market today.
The reason behind the cast iron chiminea success is probably due to the nature of cast iron and the ability to easily manufacture beautiful patterns and at different sizes and shapes.
There really are some beautiful chimineas out there, with patterns such as grape vines, celtic bands and many other patterns to choose from.
With such options available, you can rest assured that you will be able to find a cast iron chiminea that appeals to you aesthetically, whilst allowing the chiminea to merge within your gardens surroundings.
One of the major benefits to purchasing and owning a cast iron chiminea (or any other chiminea manufactured from metal) is the additional heat exposure provided by the chiminea body itself.
Clay chimineas tend to release the generated heat via the opening at the front or through the chimney flue itself - generally used as a BBQ style cooking apliance (when a grill is employed).
Whereas with a metal based chiminea, the metal acts as a heat conductor, therefore, it generates/releases much more heat than a clay chiminea. Because a cast iron chiminea generates quite substantially more heat than a clay chiminea, this may be more suited towards someone with a larger garden or patio seating area - allowing more people to remain warm as the evening gets cooler.
Due to the additional heat exposure provided by a cast iron chiminea, it may not be a suitable choice of chiminea for your needs.
Maybe your garden/patio area is on the small side or slightly restricted? In which case, this leads us nicely onto the next type of chiminea in this buying guide - the clay chiminea...
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Originating from mexico - the clay chiminea
Did you know that the clay chiminea originated from Mexico, hundreds if not thousands of years ago?
It was originally used as a heating appliance for families on colder evenings, and it then evolved into also being used as a cooking appliance. This was achieved by creating a detachable flue top and adding a metal grill for placing various foods on, acting very similar to a BBQ.
Usually a clay chiminea is found/manufactured to be quite substantially smaller than it's cast iron alternative, and with good reason.
The clay chiminea is mostly suited to those with smaller gardens or patio areas. Areas that would otherwise be much too small to cater for a cast iron chiminea and the heat expsoure within a small area.
Clay chimineas tend to give of the majority of their heat directly from the front opening/fuel loading door itself, or the flue (as mentioned earlier - this can be used similar to a BBQ).
A (major?) flaw in clay chimineas
If you decide to purchase a clay chiminea, it is well worth bearing in mind just how important purchasing a chiminea cover is going to be.
Inevitably, when the clay chiminea is exposed to high temperatures, the clay tends to crack. When these cracks are then are exposed to cold, wet and then freezing cold weather, the water will expand as it freezes. This causes the frozen water to shatter/break the clay chiminea into various pieces as the ice expands.
Buying a chiminea - but which type? - Will you buy a clay chiminea or cast iron chiminea?
With the 2 types of chiminea compared within this article, which chiminea would you pick when it comes to buying one?
A cast iron chiminea for it's ability to generate and provide a great deal of heat - probably not ideal for the smaller garden, but is much more durable and generally has a longer life? Or do you opt for the classic looking, the original, clay chiminea?
Cast Iron Chiminea V.S Clay Chiminea - which is best?
Are you thinking about buying a chiminea, but would like a little bit of advice before buying?
Do you have any questions about which chiminea would be best for you?
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