Rated 4.1 out of 5Â by 28
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JNASH Absolutely love it, was exactly what I wanted!
Perfect color and design. Exactly what I wanted to spruce up my backyard decor as well as provide some heat outside during BBQ's in the colder months. Absolutely love it!
November 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by cr77 Comes in two pieces, not heavy and easy too set up.
Put off great heat...for a smaller area or yard, but three of us had plenty of heat..great ambiance..
June 11, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by rogue nice design lasted two years...
very nice clay chimenea, however despite the setup and care taken it still cracked after two years.
July 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RickG How To Use/Setup Your Chiminea
Clay Chiminea's are prone to cracking if not properly set up and used.
DO NOT use sand in the bottom of your Chiminea, sand will absorb heat and get WAY WAY too hot.
Line the bottom of your Chiminea with Lava Rocks at least 1" thick, preferably 2 inches.
When first using the Chiminea light small fires so the ash gets down into the nooks and crannies in the lava rock and DO NOT REPEAT DO NOT light any decent sized fires for at least 10-15 usages. Clay expands when its heated and these initial 10-15 usages help fully CURE THE CLAY.
Once a decent amount of spent ash exists and you have had 10-15 small fires letting it fully cure, build up some soot you can begin to light larger fires.
When lighting a fire start SMALL fires and gradually add wood. A clay Chiminea will expand as the clay absorbs heat. If it is heated too fast, just like clay in a kiln it will crack. So... take a little extra time to gradually bring the Chiminea up to temperature.
Lastly, Clay Chiminea's are not meant for HUGE fires. If you have a foot of flame coming out the top the fire is too big.
Clay Chiminea's are used in Mexico and South America as heating devices no different than a fireplace in a home. The clay is excellent for absorbing, retaining and giving off heat.
Here in the USA they have become popular as backyard accents. If you treat your Chiminea as a functional albeit ancient appliance per se it will give you years and years of enjoyment and pleasure.
Lastly, its a good idea to use a small log holder inside, As ash builds up from usage the log holder will help air draft under the wood. A Chiminea is similar to a home fireplace in that the draft under the wood is what gives you the pleasurable fire and efficient heat.
If it has rained lately again... make SURE and bring temperature up slowly. Clay will suck in the rain water and can retain it for many many days. You will see steam come off the Chiminea as it comes up to temperature. VERY VERY important not to get it too hot too fast when its rained recently or it will crack and as I said, even in normal usage bring it up to temperature slowly.
April 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Scott works for me -
I don't know what everybody is talking about. I've had one of these for 3 years, and there are no cracks. I have sand in the bottom and it never gets too hot. I leave it out all winter here in N. Cal, (where it often gets down in the high 20's) and it hasn't cracked. I do put an inverted clay flower pot saucer over the chimney to keep rain water out. I did read to start off with small fires to "cure" and maybe that helped. Perhaps some of the dissatisfied people didn't start off with small fires or made really big fires and over-heated the clay.
April 28, 2014