How do you make the most of a lovely summer’s evening when you don’t want it to end but the night is getting chilly? Buy a chimenea of course! The beauty of a chimenea is that they not only provide warmth as the cold sets in but your guests can be mesmerised by the natural flames that flicker and crackle through the night.
Chimeneas have come a long way since their inception, they are much more affordable these days and some even incorporate pizza ovens and barbeques.
If you want to make the summer evenings last, here are ten of the best chimeneas recommended just for you:
George Home 89cm Cast Iron Chimenea – £39.00
This cast iron chimenea shows that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a stunning design that does the job. What we like the most about this one is the fire chamber which gives your guests a view of the fire from any angle. It’s very versatile too as you can burn all types of fuel in it, from solid fuel, wood, and charcoal.
Steel Wood Chiminea – £49.99
If you don’t fancy a clay chimenea then how about this one made with stainless steel that has a black powder coating? It stands three feet tall and has a hinged door that leads to a grill inside and also includes a steel wire log tray. Best for burning wood, don’t try charcoal in this one.
La Hacienda El Sol Large Clay Chimenea Patio Heater – £84.99
This chimenea is the kind we all think of when we think about a classic design. The clay chimenea is handmade and also hand-painted by artisans and features a lovely sun design. This is a classic Mexican style chimenea that is super easy to use, just stack logs inside and sit back to watch the flames.
La Hacienda Sunset Chimenea with Grill: £84.99
This is one of those multi-tasking chimeneas that not only burns fuel to provide warmth on a chilly night, but the two-piece design allows you to remove the top and use it as a barbeque. Handmade to a traditional design, it includes a chrome-plated grill for cooking meats and fish and burns wood and solid fuel.
Gardeco Extra Large Toledo Cast Iron Chimenea: £139.99
This is an unusual chimenea in that it looks like a clay one but is made from cast iron. This means it will throw out a lot more heat than a clay design as the iron heats up quickly and also retains it for longer. You can burn both logs and charcoal and there is also a grill that swings out so you don’t get your hands too hot when you place food on it. There is also a handy temperature control in the form of adjustable air vents.
Gota Mexican Art Clay Chimenea – Large – H100cm by Gardeco™ – £159.99
This is more like a work of art than a chimenea and would make a striking addition to any garden. It is handmade and hand painted by local artisans in Mexico so each one will be a little different, so you will get a unique piece that not only looks amazing but heats up beautifully.
Gardeco Ellipse Mexican Chimenea: £172.99
A really simple design here that does what it says on the can. The open mouth is large and ideal for stacking wood and once it gets going it literally chucks out heat and warmth. Unlike some chimeneas this one does not require any assembly so you can get it going as soon as it is delivered. Just pop it on the metal tripod and fire it up. Also available in different colours.
La Hacienda Morse Steel Chimenea – £179.99
This is a really architectural design that would look stunning in a modern garden. A sophisticated style that is manufactured using durable steel and coated with a heat resistant black powder. It has a handy log store at the bottom of the chimenea which is perfect for relaxing as you don’t have to keep getting up and walking to where you’ve stored your wood.
Buschbeck Carmen Masonry BBQ – £475.00
This is actually advertised as a barbeque, but we think that it easily doubles up as a chimenea. Made from natural grey stone, the main body is complimented by the earthy tones of the terracotta base and mantelpiece. Has a handy wood store at the bottom and a grill for cooking food.
The MAXI Bushman Burner – £600.00
This is our most expensive chimenea but it is ideal for larger gardens that need heating. This is designed to radiate heat outwards to a large area as it starts throwing out warmth after only 20 minutes with a maximum temperature reached at about an hour and a half. It will continue to burn for three hours on just one load of fuel, radiating heat out to 15 feet.