Chimeneas, derived from the Spanish word for chimney, are similar to fire pits, but look like small fireplaces with an opening in the front and a short "chimney" that directs the smoke up and away from you and your guests. Traditionally made of clay more durable versions are available in iron, copper and stainless steel. Intended for outdoor use only chimineas offer a great way to enjoy a contained fire on a cool evening, provide the same kind of ambience as an indoor fireplace and extend the usefulness of you outdoor living space.Chimenea Use
- Position your chiminea a safe distance from any combustible material, and remember the smoke will rise through the chimney, so be aware what is above it.
- It is important to insulate the chimenea bowl so the fire is not directly against the surface. To do this you can add sand or pea stone to the bowl until it is about 4 inches below the lower lip of the mouth.
- If your chimenea does not have a fire grate you can use two bricks placed on their side about 6 inches apart to keep the wood elevated
- Make the first fire you set in your chiminea small in order to season the material. You can burn any type of wood normally burned in an indoor fireplace.
- If you won't use your chiminea during the cold winter months, it's best to cover or store it.
- Despite their appearance, chimineas are for outdoor use only and should never be used indoors.
- Make sure the adult operating the chiminea understands how it works and how to properly operate it.
- Always have a fire extinguisher on hand when using your chiminea
- Always have a fire extinguisher handy when burning.
- Be aware of children and pets.
- Do not touch the outside of your chimenea while it is in use.
- Be aware of your surroundings!