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Best Chiminea

Chimineas were originally constructed of clay and existed thousands of years ago in Mexico and central America. They were used for both heating a dwelling and also as a cooking platform. Shaped like a pot-bellied stove with a tall chimney perched on top, this design radiates heat outwards, not only from the fire and the body of the vessel, but also radiates from the chimney as the smoke passes through it. It is a very efficient heating source because of these traits.

Although originally made of clay, most are now made out of modern metals giving them increased durability. However, for you traditionalists out there, clay chimineas are still available, and one makes this list.

Design and practicality are the basis for the best chimineas, but price and versatility will also be considered.

Blue Rooster ALCH014-CH - Dragonfly Chiminea Outdoor Fireplace

The Chiminea Outdoor Fireplace - Blue Rooster ALCH014-CH - Dragonfly Chiminea Outdoor Fireplace is made of cast aluminum that weighs about 80 pounds, which makes it extremely durable and semi-portable. A dragonfly and fern design adorn this classic looking unit that comes with both a spark guard and a cooking grate. It has a rain lid and it will never rust. Although not inexpensive, the combination of versatility, light weight and functionality make this the best pick right here.

Hampton Bay W129C Cast Iron Patio Chimenea

Hampton Bay W129C Cast Iron Patio Chimenea

If you want the most bang for the buck in a chiminea, than the Hampton Bay Cast Iron Patio Chimenea is the one for you. This is the least expensive metal composition unit on the list, and even though it is made of cast iron, it only weighs a bit more than 80 pounds. It has airflow control and made with a wrap around belly screen for radiating heat in all directions. If it came with a cooking grate, this would be the best choice.

Deeco Western Basket Weave Jr. Chimney DM6035J

If you are looking for a smaller and more portable chiminea, than the Deeco Western Basket Weave Jr. Chimney is what you'll want. Made of cast aluminum, it weiighs only 47 pounds, so you can carry it virtually anywhere. Although about half the size of a regular chiminea, the basket weave design looks neat, and it comes with a spark guard and also a cooking grate. This is a good choice for limited spaces, like decks or patios, because it still throws off decent heat and doubles as a cooking stove.

KD Clay Chimenea Lines

KD Clay Chimenea Lines

For you traditionalist out there the KD Clay Chimenea with the classic Lines design, is what you want. Because it is made of genuine clay, it is fragile so care must be taken when burning and moving it around. It's heavy, at about 70-plus pounds, but it comes with a metal stand and it is low in price. Although it has a 90 day return policy, be aware that it has no warranty from the factory. If you break it, you own it. But it is a lovely looking traditional chiminea that will go great with any decor.

Esschert Design FF109 Small Terrace Heater

For portability in a cast iron chiminea, the Esschert Design FF109 Small Terrace Heater, weighing in at only 46 pounds may be right for you. It's a 2/3rds size unit with a removable rain lid and vent holes to provide more even burning. It features a mouth as large as a regular sized chiminea so that larger logs will fit inside. This is a good portable unit for smaller areas, that features cast iron durability for the long haul.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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