Chimineas

Chimineas have become increasingly popular with the rise in popularity of outdoor fireplaces. While chimineas have evolved over the years to fit our needs, they have an interesting history. It is thought the first chimeneas were developed by Mexican tribesmen hundreds to thousands of years ago to provide heat.

The outdoor chiminea was originally made out of clay but since they have been exported and used in areas where they weren’t originally intended they are now often made out of metal for greater durability. The clay chimineas aren’t always able to handle the temperature change of a downpour of rain which can cause Continue reading

Metal Chiminea

The chiminea is a popular form of outdoor fireplace. Traditionally it has a bulbous shape, the larger body of it is where the wood is burned which leads to the thinner neck that directs the smoke up and out of the top. The specific design of a traditional chiminea is nice in that it helps keep smoke from blowing around and in the faces of those enjoying the fireplace.

The two main types are metal and clay chimineas. Clay chimineas provide more of a rustic Southwestern look but metal chimineas are more durable and will last longer in a larger variety of climates. Metal chimineas come in a variety of styles and designs from decorative to simple so they can fit pretty well into the design and feel of most outdoor areas.

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Clay Chiminea

If you’re looking for a patio fireplace that has an earthy feel you might want to consider a clay chiminea. Clay chimineas are a specific type of outdoor fireplace that, traditionally, have a bulbous shape with a round belly to contain the fire and a long slim neck to vent the smoke and keep it from blowing in the faces of those enjoying this outdoor fireplace.

Clay chimineas have a distinct look and feel that make them unique, even though they now come in a few different styles. They were originally used in warm, dry climates and because of the nature of clay they are better suited to these climates. But if you live in an area with bouts of rain and freezing temperatures you can still use clay chimineas, you just need to take a few extra precautions to help protect it.

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Outdoor Fireplace Covers & Fire Pit Covers

Outdoor fireplace covers are an important fireplace accessory. Once you’ve spent the time, energy and money to install your outdoor patio fireplace or fire pit you want to protect it to make sure it lasts for a long time. While you can buy fireplace covers for both indoor and outdoor fireplaces they are more important for outdoor fireplaces because fireplaces outside are constantly exposed to the elements from the sun, wind and rain to constantly changing high and low temperatures. This can easily damage your outdoor fireplace, and shorten it’s life dramatically. But with a little care and a fireplace cover you can extend the life and keep it looking nice.
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