Chimineas can be bought in many sizes and varieties such as a cast iron chimineas, clay chimineas, a chiminea to cook on, decorative chimineas etc... Find chimineas for sale here.
Whatever type of chiminea you are looking for we can help you find it. We've listed the best online shops to buy chimineas below, but we also offer plenty of advice and information on chimineas further down the page and in our guides section.
Greenfingers - Chimineas
Greenfingers sells a good range of chimineas with prices starting at £59.99 for a compact cast iron chiminea with free delivery. They sell all sizes of chimineas, including covers and other accessories. Greenfingers also sells some modern style chimineas, including copper hooded and square chimineas.
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Chimineas can mainly be found in cast iron, clay and steel as well as a few other materials. It is important to decide what you need from your chiminea before selecting what type to buy. For example a cast iron chiminea will need repainting after a few years whereas a clay chiminea will just need a good clean.
Cast Iron and Steel Chimineas
Cast Iron chimineas are extremely durable and are ideal for use on a cold day, or after a rain shower. This makes the cast iron chiminea a good choice if you wish to cook food. Some iron and steel chimineas have built in grills that are hinged for easy use. If you are looking to cook on your chiminea as well as use it for heat then make sure you buy a grill or note whether your chiminea has one already.
Iron and steel chimineas are not as authentic as the clay versions and they also rust. You will need to rub your chiminea down with a wire brish and repaint with heatproof paint every few years to ensure it stays clean and rust free.
Clay and Terracotta Chimineas
Clay chimineas are closer to their historical Mexican forefathers than the above, but are not as hardy. You will need to take special care especially on the first use to avoid cracking the chiminea. It is essential to cure a new clay chiminea using a few small fires on a bed of sand. Firstly, place the chiminea on a sturdy sand base and light a small fire using balled paper. Let this burn for a short time and then put it out. Let the chiminea cool down. Repeat this using a small wood fire this time. Then for the first 3 or 4 proper uses, build a fire gradually to ease in your chiminea. Avoid any sudden temperature changes such as dousing a fire with water. Remove any excess fuel and allow the fire to burn down natually.
Clay chimineas are also prone to cracking in cold and frosty weather. Make sure you either bring the chiminea indoors into a storeroom or garage or cover it as best you can. If you can stop it getting wet in cold weather you have a better chance of ot lasting a long time.
History of Chimineas
The chiminea, pronounced chim-ih-nee-ah, originated in Mexico hundreds of years ago. The correct spelling in chiminea although some people use chimenea or chimnea. Tribesmen used chimineas to provide heat for their families and as a vessel for cooking and baking.
The shape of a chiminea is perfect for creating an intense heat quickly and with the minimum of fuel. This makes them incredibly fuel efficient when heating and outdoor space as well as hot enough to cook food or bake in.