Chimineas – A Brief History


Chimineas are a great way outdoor kitchen piece of equipment that is very versatile, they not only look great but they are very practical. Many people now have chimineas in their back yards, as they not only cook food but also keep you very warm when the evening begins to get cooler. They are portable and can be moved with ease when you want to remodel or move house.

A Chiminea is a freestanding fireplace, very similar to a fire pit although they are totally enclosed. Chimineas are front loading and have a vertical chimney which is designed to ensure the smoke is blown away from the food, and has a constant breeze allowing the fire to remain burning for longer. They are often a bulbous design which enables them to have large quantities of food cooked in them. The Chiminea originated in Mexico and have been a basic clay design for many years. They were used thousands of years ago by the Mexican tribesmen to provide heat for their families as well as a cooking and baking vessel. They were designed this way to ensure that the rain couldn’t get to the firewood and put the fire out.

In Mexico they have very low amounts of rainfall meaning that the need to seal them wasn’t so great, and they were able to produce a low glow for most of the time. The chimenea’s which are often bought today are untreated and will be damaged by the rain if not treated soon after purchasing them. Chimineas are a great way to control your fire, as they can be started and left whilst you do other things. You do not need to worry about standing and watching the fire burn, as it is all controlled in the bulbous area. Today you can get Chimineas in various different styles and shapes, and there are even steel and metal ones. Whatever design you buy will look great and serve a lot of purposes within your garden environment.

They have become very popular with average households in the UK and all around the world as they are easy to use and look great in every garden. Quite often people will buy them simply to use as a garden ornament as they look so unique, but are also great to cook with. You can cook so many different items within the chiminea and they are great for smoking fish and meats. If you are having a family BBQ or event the chiminea is great, not only will it cook your food, but will also keep your guests warm throughout the night.

They are ideal if you want an outdoor fire without the hassle and you can often burn types of wood that will repel the insects in the area. You can sit and relax near your chiminea whilst enjoying the good company and cold wine. It will remain hot for some time, and will mean you get more from your outdoor living space. You can purchase a Chiminea in many stores and garden centers and although they aren’t as cheap as other BBQs they will last longer and are multi functional. They are well worth the extra money just to make your garden look unique and fantastic.


Source by Simon L Davies

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