How are Chimineas made?
Chimineas are becoming a common site in gardens across the world, originating in Mexico and providing much more than just heat. The size generally governed what they’d be used for, something small would be used for heating an area of the garden while something larger might even be used to barbecue over.
These days there are a huge array of chiminea designs and they’re normally manufactured from either clay or metal. The both have their benefits but mostly it’s a difference in aesthetics. For this article we’re going to focus on the clay variation of chimineas.
Clay chimineas are usually designed in two or three sections. The base which normally sits on a stand and holds the fire, this tends to be rounded with an opening at the front to allow heat out and extra wood in. Next up is the chimney or neck (sometimes referred to as a stack), this sucks air through to keep the fire hot while pulling smoke with it. Lastly is the lid which sits on top of the chimney. Not all chimineas will use a lid but they’re handy for keeping things dry when it’s not in use.
After being formed all the pieces are left to dry for a minimum of two days to allow some of the extra moisture to evaporate. If the moisture was left in the clay then it could explode during the drying process in the kiln.
After the pieces have been through the kiln and dried you’ll be left with a seamless product which can then be painted and sealed to protect it from the elements. After all it’ll probably spend most of its life living in the garden with only a cover for protection.
Once you've got you new chiminea home you'll need to make sure it's cured correctly before you can go setting large fires in it. For more information on this take a look at the video below.