I am looking to purchase a portable fire pit for a gravel area in my
garden. I am thinking it would be nice to sit around in the evenings
and get warm and watch the flame without the chance of it starting a
forest fire during high fire season. I was wondering if anyone can
give me ideas as what to look for in that type of a device.
I'm not interested in building a permanant pit (although I could, but
that is not my interest). I assume I want one which has a chimmney, so
the smoke won't get in the eyes of someone sitting downwind of the
Any hints or tips would be appreciated. It would be nice to have one
which I could also cook on. One of the features I am looking for is
the ability for it to put out heat while it is burning. Oftentimes, in
the summer evenings where I live the nighttime temps get in the 30's
and 40's- so the ability for it to put out heat with the flame is
preferred (so I guess it should have a hood).
Garden centers and wood/coal/propane stove stores here sell chimeras, which
sound like they would fit the bill for you. It is a terra-cotta portable
fireplace, roughly gourd shaped (if you imagine the chimney as the neck of
the gourd) and about waist high, that sits on a metal stand. Most of them
are made in Mexico, and they have a certain rustic charm.
Zone 6, South-central PA
I agree with Sue. We had a wood burning Chimera just like she described. We
had to put a screen on top of the chimney to stop the sparks from getting out.
It lasted 2 yrs. and then started to crack. We now have a metal one I bought at
Target with screen on all sides, but I liked the first one better. We used it a
lot and that's why I think it cracked.
Sue in Mi. (zone 5)
Do you have any actual experience with fire pits? I'd like to hear
from people who have them, so they can tell me the pluses and minuses
of them. I have done a search on the web and have seen many types of
fire pits- but I was curious of anyone's actual experience.
Thanks anyway for the advice.
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