Keeping Warm In Your Garden
A chiminea, by definition, is a freestanding fireplace typically used on the back garden patio. It has a front-loading, bulbous body and tall, chimney-like vent. It is used primarily as a heat source but may also be used for cooking. Its origins trace back to ancient Mexico and while still traditionally used in the country, it has also become popular in the UK and the US. When they were first imported to theBritain, they were only sold in fireplace shops, but now they can be found in retail stores and garden centres. A chiminea will often require special handling, and most orders come with detailed handling and maintenance instructions, most sellers often give you sound advice regarding this matter.
There are three usual materials used to make the cast iron chiminea, aluminium and clay chiminea. Chiminea are constructed of two conponents – the base, also known as the pot is where the fire is made, and the neck, which is the vertical flue that guides the smoke. These two parts are constructed separately and are only fused after each component has been fully made, and in the case of 100% fully dry clay. The join has a limited threshold, especially the those models in the clay range, so do not lift the chiminea from the neck, as the structure caneasily break in half.
Chimineas should be placed onto an iron stand which comes along with the product. recommended placed on a flat, level surface to ensure stability. If your chosen surface is made of wood, you need to have a fire resistant pad on the wood before placing the chiminea. You must also make surethere isn’t any objects directly above the fireplace that may impose as a fire hazard like an overhanging hanging basket.
Chimineas, and in particular the clay ones, need to go through a process called seasoning before you use them to their full capacity. This is a process of hardening the inside part of the chiminea in order to prevent cracks from appearing. Simply just, light a small fire inside the chiminea and leave it to naturally burn out on its own. Leave it to cool right down and light another small fire. It is advised that you repeat the process 5-10 times to complete the seasoning. You will have then reached the nextstage, your chiminea is now ready for use. Be sure keep the wood in a central position of the bowl to help keep an even heating of the entire structure.
There are a range of different types of wood that can be used in your chiminea. Oneparticular woodis fat woodand is a very popular one to use. Apple wood, Mesquite, Pinion Pine, and Hickory logs are also a popular choice by many chiminea users. Mesquite is an ideal wood use for barbecues as it gives off an aromatic flavour to your cooking. The downside of Mesquite is that it tends to get hotter than the other types of wood. If youchoose to use Mesquite for your chiminea, be cautious. You have a good choice to decide which firewood to use, but do steer clear of damp wood as it causes plenty of smoke.
Chimineas are not designed for very large fires and it is not meant to be used as your main source of heat.
If you want to protect it from the weather, covering it with wood sealant is a sound idea to prevent cracks. Chiminea covers are also availablefor protecting the top. It also prevents from entering the chiminea, substantial moisture getting inside, and from attacking the outside surface.
Ensure that you follow every safety precaution when using your chiminea. The surfaces can get very hot so avoid contact and be careful at all times during use and until it has completely cooled down. Never let kids or pets get close to the chiminea for obvious reasons. Having a fire extinguisher ready at all times is also a good idea.
If you have chilly winters where you live, find a place to store your chiminea. In particular, clay chimineas are vulnerable when exposed to cold temperatures and moisture, so find a spot in your garage to keep it there during winter. Chimineas were never intended to be a primary heat source for the residents of theUK, so store it, in front of your fireplace, and wait until the end of winter. You can then get out your chiminea, fire it up, and enjoy the heat.