I'm thinking about buying one of those outdoor chiminea's for my wife for
Christmas. I looked at a cast iron model at Home Depot and was not
impressed with the quality. It's made up of cast iron plates bolted
together with what looks like cheap grade nuts and bolts. They also had a
fired clay version from Mexico but I'm afraid if this was accidentally
knocked over it would obviously break. Anyway, guess I'm looking for
opinions from anyone that owns one of these things. Thanks.
I got one last year and have it on a wood deck, but not pressure treated.
That violates fire codes, but oh well. I got a clay one on closeout for
I hate it. It's too small for cooking much, the food is too far from the
fire, and it looks like crap. I'll use it, but would definitely go with a
conventional grill next time. I'm not entirely sure why I hate it either, I
You should probably have bought a better one and paid more money. A
well-designed clay chiminea is not particularly small, although none are
really designed for cooking. The finish (appearance) of your pot is
relative to the quality.
I have a painted cast iron one, heavy as all get out. Have to move it with a
two wheeler. And yes it does rust, but my feeling is that it has taken on a
patina sort of. I live right on the ocean, and it has served me very well.
What climate do you live in? We're in central AZ. The heavy clay pots are
most prevalent here and function very well. The outside surface needs to
be waxed twice a year, but that's the only maintenance. If properly set in
its frame, it's unlikely it will be knocked over due to the weight. They
are bottom heavy. We did lose one clay pot during a move. One of the
movers dropped the pot on a tile patio. I'd have been very surprised if it
hadn't broken. :-)
I saw one of those chimineas at Home Depot and thought one of those
might be a dandy idea for my backyard deck, too. That is, until it
occurred to me that if you had four people standing around it, only one
of those people would be exposed to direct fire-heat, leaving the other
three to freeze their hineys off. And really, that's no way to treat
your guests, especially if they brought you booze or cigars or hookers
I've seen products out there that are chiminea-LIKE in that, if I recall
right, they're made of heavy mesh and thus provide equal heat to anyone
who may be sitting or standing around it. I don't remember where I saw
these things, but it was somewhere that wasn't very specialized or tough
Or you could just say screw it all and build a nice brick/limestone
flatrock fire pit in the yard ;)
If you go with a clay model, put some sand in the bottom and take it
easy breaking it in (or seasoning it). If you just throw some wood in it
& burn it, you could break the thing. (BTDT). The good clay models weigh
a lot. I'm still looking for one like my friend has that's in the shape
of a fish. The mouth is where the fire is & the tail is the chinmey.
We have a cast iron fire pit that has rusted. It's really easy to over
feed it and the flames can get *very* big. Our back yard is about the
size of a three car garage, so big flames don't really go to well back
I'd look at places other than Home Depot; their choices are terrible.
Garden centers have them, too.
We've enjoyed sitting around a small fire with a little wine on cool
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