Clay chimineas are a great addition to any patio or outdoor furniture setup. Chimineas were once used for cooking and have their influences from Mexican and Spanish traditions. They have since expanded for use as center-pieces featuring classic terracotta clay builds with intrinsic designs and a slew of colors.
Clay isn't necessarily the best of the modern options out there. The more common styles are cast iron and aluminum. Although, they are more modern, the traditional or authentic style will always be clay.
With that being said, let's take a look at the best clay chiminea options on the market.
While cast-iron and aluminum options have their benefits. One of the biggest factors to take into consideration is cost. Due to the low cost nature of terracotta clay, these come with a significantly lower cost. You can expect to pay at least 35-50% less for a clay option.
Clay also works as a natural insulator. Most primitive structures were made of clay as it's readily available with very low permeability. This means that the outer surface of the chiminea will still be warm to the touch but will keep the heat inside where it belongs. You wouldn't be able to even come close to cast-iron with your hands.
Assembly is also a bonus. Clay chimineas come as a single piece and are ready to go out of the box. Terracotta clay is also lightweight in comparison to cast-iron setups. You also won't run into issues with rusting of metal pieces.
This is a solid clay chiminea kit. It weighs in at only nine pounds and measures 8 x 6 x 15 inches. A perfect size for a small outdoor setup. You can even opt to use a candle and use this setup indoors as well. Included in the package are three samples of the red-light fire starters, and two all natural insect repellent (cellulosic fiber).
This clay chiminea setup is an excellent conversation piece for the patio. Surprisingly the insect repellent worked effectively at getting rid of pesky mosquitoes, and we live near a brook where mosquitoes are commonplace. The provided fire-starter was also very a great bonus. We found that breaking it up into pieces made it last a lot longer, and would definitely consider using them again.
This Fired Up Designs clay chiminea is a more traditional style. It weighs in at 93 lbs and measures 40 inches long by 20 inches wide. It's definitely larger and a bit more expensive than the previous option. The craftsmanship is definitely worth the price-tag though. With an iron clad stand, brown finish, and a Suyn design, it is an awesome addition to any patio or backyard.
One of the biggest issues with the smaller chiminea is that the size makes it susceptible to being knocked over. With this chiminea you won't have to worry. Heavy winds and animals won't make this thing budge.
The thick clay walls are the traditional Mexican style most people are after. The chiminea comes in one piece, along with a lid and wrought-iron stand. I have no doubts that this chiminea will last you and your family a long time.
When looking for a clay chiminea, you can't go wrong with either of the options above. One being more portable with multiple uses, the other being more authentic and bulky. They both feature excellent craftsmanship that can you expect with handcrafted clay chimineas.
If you decide on the first one, consider buying more than one and placing them around your patio or deck space. Doing so will ensure mosquitoes won't be able to penetrate your space, and you can enjoy your patio.
If you decide to go with the bigger option, you may need the helping hand of your spouse or a friend. It is rather large and being able to place the chiminea on the stand may prove to be troublesome.