Chimeneas. Cast Iron, clay and outdoor fireplaces. Best
prices and free shipping from chimineasinc.com! Chimeneas
and cast iron chimeneas are definitely a great addition
to your patio or deck. As chimeneas are becoming more
common in yards around the US and the world it is becoming
more and more important for us to reiterate the need
to use caution and common sense when using your chimenea.
Cast iron chimeneas are a safe and fun way to
enjoy a cool evening outdoors however it is very important
that you take a minute to read our safety instructions
before using your chiminea.
Cast Iron Chiminea Use:
Before you purchase your Chiminea be sure and consult
your local fire Marshall. Cast iron chimeneas require
a little less care than their brother the clay chimenea
however they require more caution. When your new chimenea
arrives at your door please follow these steps to insure
a safe and fun cast iron chimenea experience. Chimeneas
are for OUTDOOR USE ONLY and should NEVER be burned
When assembling your new chimenea be sure to read all
of the assembly instructions. It's a good idea to assemble
your new chimenea in or around the area you will be
using it. Cast iron chimeneas are very heavy and the
less you have to move it the better. Assemble your chimenea
making sure to fasten all bolts and screws securely.
Selecting the area:
Select a firm, level, immovable surface for your chimenea.
If your chimenea will be on your deck be sure to place
your cast iron chimenea on a fireproof base. Never place
your cast iron chimenea right on the deck.
Remember. ALL chimeneas are for OUTDOOR
USE ONLY! Never have a fire in your chimenea indoors
or anywhere there is an overhang! Be sure to keep you're
cast iron chimenea away from your house, railing or
anything else that could potentially catch fire. Be
sure the area above your cast iron chimenea is free
of tree limbs, overhangs or anything else that could
potentially catch fire Now that your chimenea is positioned
it's time to fire it up!
If you plan on cooking in your chimenea it is a good
idea to have a few fires first. Just like a grill the
food won't taste as good if the chiminea hasn't been
"cured" with a few fires. Never use gasoline
or other petroleum based accelerants to get the fire
going! Fat wood or our fire starter works best! Never
touch your chimenea while it is burning or even immediately
after the fire is out. The iron will hold the heat and
definitely cause serious burns if you're not cautious.
Keep children and pets a safe distance away from the
What should I burn?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions.
There are several types of woods that work great in
a Chiminea and a few that are absolutely detrimental
to your Chiminea and/or your health. A good size range
for Chiminea wood is from 9-14 inches in length and
4 inches in diameter. This size may vary depending on
the size of the Chiminea mouth.
Do Not Burn:
Pressure treated wood emits toxic gasses when burned.
A good rule of thumb is that if it has a greenish tint
it may be pressure treated. If you are not sure DON'T
Types of wood to burn:
There are several types of wood that many people love
to burn however extra caution is needed.
Eco Logs is hands down
the BEST wood to use. This product is manufactured from
the dust of hardwood floor manufacturing companies and
is compressed into logs at 80,000 PSI. These logs come
in packs of 8 and are very inexpensive but burn much
longer and with much larger flames than some of the
fake logs you see in the supermarket or local home center.
There is no paraffin used to hold the logs together
so they burn slower and better!
Red Cedar has a nice
aroma and keeps the mosquito's away however it has a
tendency to "pop" therefore be sure and have a spark
arrestor in or on the neck and a screen over the mouth.
Mesquite is an excellent
cooking wood for those with grill chimineas but it burns
very hot. Be sure and use only a few pieces at a time.
Although mesquite is noted for its ability to thrive
in near drought conditions, this culinary wood is best
known for its qualities in smoking meat. Chefs, regardless
of culture or location, hail mesquite as the only option
for smoking brisket. For Chiminea grill users mesquite
gives steaks an incredible flavor. *Remember Mesquite
burns hot so limit the number of pieces.
Scrap lumber is a popular
fuel for chimineas however dry pieces of pine and spruce
2"x4"s, 2"x6"s etc burn fast and hot.
This type of wood can be easily split into small kindling.
Green or wet wood causes
a lot of smoke, which may annoy neighbors.
Pinion Pine both smells
great and wards off mosquitos. This makes it probably
the most widely used Chiminea wood.
Apple is harder to
come by but it is an excellent Chiminea wood. Apple
has a wonderful aroma.
Alligator Juniper -
New Mexico Alligator Juniper - This traditional firewood
will provide a unique aroma in your fireplace, chiminea,
Hickory - Who doesn't
love the traditional taste of a tender ham smoked with
some good old-fashioned Hickory? Try using Hickory in
a Chiminea grill for some great tasting burgers.
Just about any fireplace wood can also
be used in a Chiminea. Be sure it is seasoned for a
more pleasurable experience.
Chimineas Inc. carries firewood for
the most discriminating tastes in wood for both cooking
and burning. Whether you are looking for the insect
repellent aroma of New Mexico Piñón or enjoy smoking
meat with South Texas Mesquite, remember Chimineas Inc.
The great thing about cast iron chimeneas is that you
will not have much maintenance. If you have a spark
arrestor at the top it is a good idea to clean it before
or after each fire. Covering your chimenea is not mandatory
however some people like to keep the rain water out
to help prevent rusting.
Storing your Chiminea:
Cast iron chimeneas are durable enough to handle just
about any weather however cast iron can and does rust
if the paint begins to ware off. It is a good idea to
cover your chimenea when you are finished with it for
General safety tips:
Although most people are conscientious we always provide
a few "common sense" tips just to be on the safe side.
· Always have a fire extinguisher
handy when burning in your Chiminea.
· Be aware of children and pets.
· Never leave your fire unattended.
· Do not touch the outside of your Chiminea while
it is in use.
· Do not extinguish your Chiminea fire with water.
We hope that the preceding information
will help you to enjoy your cast iron chimenea to it's