Top 8 Best Chimineas For Your Garden – Buyers Guide and Reviews
Choosing the best chiminea
Updated September 2017
For nearly 400 years, chimineas have been used as ovens and central space heaters for huts and homes. Chimineas are still used for this purpose today, with the exception that we do not necessarily need them in our houses to cook or provide warmth. However, they can still be very useful and used as centerpieces for gardens or patios, making them great for garden parties, BBQ’s, or any social event where sitting around a blazing fire will be enjoyable. Primarily, they were made from clay, but modern resources and technology allow chimineas to be built from steel and cast iron. Nevertheless, not all chimineas are built equal. So how do you decide which one suits your needs the best?
Chimineas are built from different materials such as clay, steel, and cast iron, and they vary in shape and size. Some, you may find are more decorative with a contemporary touch but do not perform as well, while others are more traditional.
What style would work best with your garden or patio and still hold up to its purpose?
Below, you will find a list of the best chimeneas we have reviewed. This list includes the chimeneas functionality, features, and what makes them stand out from the rest.
The Best Chimineas Which Are Included In Our Review Below:
The Chimenea Buyers Guide
There are many chimineas available today that the average home owner can purchase from home improvement stores and online, with prices varying dramatically from £20-30 for budget models to well over £150. With so many of these chimineas being made from different materials, it can be tricky figuring out which is best. Can the chiminea withstand heat from a big flame? Can it use more than one fuel source? Which ones are easy to maintain?
A few key points to consider when choosing a chiminea are:
- Fuel Types: Many chimeneas are designed to burn coal, but you also have other options such as wood/logs, brickets, and peat.
- Weight: Would you like to be able to move the chimenea around your garden or patio without a struggle? Even though some chimeneas are tall and bulbous, you would be surprised at how little some can weigh. For example, the Gardeco Elidir Cast Iron Fire Bowl weighs 18kg while the La Hacienda XL Murcia Steel Chimenea only weighs 13 kg.
- Accessories: All of the chimeneas in this review come with a grill, but others like the Gardeco Fire Bowl come with a charcoal grill and a multi-tool. It is imperative when seeking the best chimenea to know what is included. If you choose charcoal as your fuel choice, be sure that a charcoal grate is included. While this is important, you can also find the La Hacienda Extra Large Colorado includes a log grate and a metal tool.
- Maintainance: Every chimenea in this list are relatively easy to clean and maintain. Steel and cast iron chimeneas are easy to clean and keep in working order, but clay models need a little more attention and care. All of them have a cover that fits every individual brand and model, although they must be purchased separately. Sometimes however, you can buy them with the cover included so be sure to compare prices as the cover is sometimes discounted when purchased with the chiminea as a set.
This should help you have a better understanding of what you should look for and consider before making a purchase. To look at a more in depth list of features each model provides, read our full recommended chimenea review below.
Gardeco Elidir Cast Iron Fire Bowl Review
**WINNER OF OUR BEST PICK FOR 2017**
- Strong cast iron material
- Comes with a charcoal pit for grilling
- Easy to assemble
- Very low center of gravity
- Has three artistically designed equally spaced cast iron legs
- Includes multi-tool
- Nice rustic design for home or patio
- Doubles as heater or a grill
- Cast iron material can practically withstand any heat
The Gardeco E?lidir Fire Bowl is made from 100% cast iron, this design would look great in any grass garden or on any patio. The multi-tool can be used as a poker for stoking the fire and picking up the hot grilling grate.
Its low center of gravity and three equally spaced legs make it difficult to topple over in even the worst of weather conditions. The cast iron material can stand heat from small fires for intimate gatherings to a roaring blaze for your larger gatherings or parties.
The only downfall we could find was that due to the material it is made of, i.e. cast iron, which gives it the stability that we love it for could make it difficult for some to easily manoeuvre. Its low center of gravity means that it is close to the ground, which can cause some people to have to bend over in order to make use of it, not a deal breaker but worth considering if you have back problems.
?The Gardeco Elidir Fire Bowl would be highly recommended for its sturdy, low maintenance grill/heater.
Overall, its one of the best fire bowls we have seen thank to its full cast iron materials, it offers great value and you will find that you get your money’s worth from its design.
Unlike most other cheap fire bowls, you can make the fire as hot as you want or as subtle as you need it to be for any occasion. A fire bowl that is built to last.
Gardeco Tia Chimenea with BBQ Grill Review
**UNIQUE STOVE DESIGN**
- Intergrated swivel BBQ grill
- Comes with CHIM-STOVE attachment
- Heats fast and puts out a lot of heat
- Any type of fuel can be used
- A large model
- Practical and versatile design
- Cast iron top and legs
- Opening air vent for controlled burning
- Unique modern style
The Tia Chiminea with stove is a unique practical and modern chiminea with a swivel BBQ grill, with the feature of a chim-stove, its perfect for outdoor cooking and barbecuing. You will also find that it burns any type of fuel, warms quickly and puts out a lot of heat.
The Tia Chimenea has cast iron legs that are bolted to the model, a mesh hinged door with a latch, an opening air vent to control the heat output, and a charcoal grill. This model seems perfect for an outdoor cookout, especially if you and your friends enjoy cooking outdoors. With it weighing only 8kg, this model will be very easy to move around.
The Gardeco Tia Chimenea has a variety of wonderful features, but there are some down sides to the model. A few complaints were submitted that the chimney causes the chiminea to be a little unstable because of its position,. The chimney is located to the side, causing the model to be a bit wobbly, maybe not enough to tip over though. This item also has the potential to rust as it is manufactured from steel so would need to be painted with heat proof paint every year.
Overall the Tia Chiminea with grill would be a great addition to your garden. It has a simple design with very little problems. It can perform all the tasks that you need it to, i.e. cooking and keeping you warm. This chiminea is a great value and versatile; well with your money and a great talking point.
La Hacienda Extra Large Colorado Chimenea Review
- Great Comtempary design
- Produces a lot of heat
- Easy to assemble
- Burns wood or charcoal
- Perfect for medium-large gardens
- Easy to empty and clean
- Chrome plated collar
- Log grate and metal tool included
- Burns all solid fuels
This outside fireplace is 160cm tall and 60cm wide. It is perfect for medium to large gardens and blends in nicely with its stylish looks. The contemporary look makes it really stand out.
This fireplace only weighs 23kg, so it is rather simple to move around if needed. It comes with easy-to-read instructions for assembly; so there is no hassle there. With this model, you will not have to worry about it not heating quickly, as it does produce a lot of heat.
You also have a choice of burning either wood or charcoal. It is affordable, and costs less than the latter chimenea mentioned.
However, the Extra Large Colorado Outside Fireplace does have some short comings. Through reviews, it was found that it eats through fuel very quickly, so make sure you have plenty of fuel on hand, find a cheap source for logs! Plus there is not a fireguard.
This means it gets very hot underneath and can cause a stone terrace to become discolored or even burn your lawn. Therefore, if you decide to make this purchase, be sure to place it on top of something that’s not flammable.
Overall, if you do have something nice to put under this model, it would be a good choice for your garden, if it is slightly large. Even though there is the possibility of damage without a fireguard fitted, you can become creative to prevent damages to your property. Nevertheless, this chiminea is still well worth your money and a great choice.
La Hacienda Murcia Medium Steel Chimenea BBQ Review
**FULL STEEL DESIGN**
- Made completely from steel
- Sturdy and resilient construction
- Pull out grill
- Easy to remove grill
- Chrome plated cooking grill
- Lid and metal tool
- Fuel grate included
- Unique design
- Stunning design, suitable for a patio
This chimenea is considered to be a high value item because of its features. However at just under £55 at time of review, It’s affordable.
Made entirely of steel, this chimenea is sturdy and long-lasting. It comes with a pull out grill so you have the option to cook food with it and provides the suppleness of a heater as well as that of a BBQ.
As it only weighs 9kg, this is perfect for portability and an added bonus; you do not have to worry about heat damage to your patio.
The only negative point to this model, is that overtime, the black heat resistant paint will start to fade from use so will need repainting.
La Hacienda Murcia XL Steel Chimenea With Grill Review
**LARGE AFFORDABLE MODEL**
- Sturdy extra-large steel wood burner
- Removable BBQ grill
- Easy assembly
- Comes with rain lid and poker
- Patio heater or BBQ in one
- Perfect for medium-large sized patios
- Beautiful design
- Fits many logs in
- Easy to move around
- Adds warmth and ambiance
The La Hacienda XL Murcia only weighs 13kg, compared to its smaller size counterpart of 9kg. This model is made from robust steel and features a removable food safe grill, allowing for cooking or heating your patio. The XL Murcia can be positioned in medium to large gardens or patios.
Very easy to assemble, with accurate instructions will allow for a quick and simple set-up. This model is also very easy to clean and comes with the BBQ grill, a rain lid, and a poker.
Unfortunately, the thin metal may cause the chimenea to rust and you must buy the cover, which is sold separately in order for it to last through winter. There also have been some issues with the bottom becoming slightly discolored after a few uses.
Overall, this product is a great choice for customers with a medium to large sized garden or patio who is looking to provide warmth and ambience to any social event as well as provide food.
This model is relatively affordable and is more than an excellent value for your money. The La Hacienda XL Murcia Steel Chimenea is highly recommended.
La Hacienda Skyline Steel Garden Chimenea Review
**UNIQUE LOG STORAGE**
- Contemporary design
- Laser cut design
- Wood storage
- Allows for fuel to be tidy and readily available
- Sturdy and durable
- Easy to empty and clear
- Suitable for any garden
- Black heat resistant paint
- Tapered compact design
- Saves in width taking advantage of its height
This contemporary designed chimenea fits best in modern or contemporary gardens. It is perfect for soaking up warmth all year around. The black heat resistant paint helps to protect the item from the roaring fire that is contained within. You will also find that it is easy to empty and clear.
This model has a built in log store located on the bottom which allows for a tidy, clean area for your fuel and to have your wood freely available. It is a durable and robust model that is fairly small in width, but takes advantage of this size by using its height. It is fairly light as well.
While this model is very unique, compared to the other chimeneas being reviewed, it is very light, causing an issue with tipping over from a gust of wind. Adding some weight to the bottom of the chimenea can prevent this from happening. However, it can become discolored after its first use. It can also rust easily, so you must purchase the cover to help with this.
Overall, this model is great if you are looking for a contemporary design for your garden that provides warmth on cool evenings. Unfortunately, this model does not provide the feature to cook food, but it can still create a nice ambience for a social setting. This chimenea would be recommended for customers looking for a contemporary, funnel detailed product that is mostly searching for warmth without the ability to barbecue
Mini Wood/Coal Burning Stove Review
- Miniature wood burner
- Short flue
- Small door that regulates air flow and heat output
- Burns wood/woodchips, BBQ coal, Brickets, Peat and coal
- Can be used as a smoker
- Can use a small pan to cook
- Warms small rooms and workshops
- Reliable and robust
- Rustic design
- Easy to move
This model is very small, measuring 320mm from the floor to the top plate and has a short 48mm flue. With its compactness, you can imagine that it does not put out a lot of heat for a big room or patio, but it does do quite well keeping small rooms and workshops toasty.
There is a small door which allows for air flow regulation and heat output. It burns wood/wood chips, BBQ coal, brickets, peat and coal. This model is perfect to use as a smoker to smoke meat and fish.
The only downfall for this miniature stove is trying to find a flue to fit it. The smallest commercially manufactured flue size available to customers is four inches, in which this product requires something closer to two inches.
La Hacienda Clay Chimenea BBQ Review
**BEAUTIFUL CLAY DESIGN**
- Unique hand-crafted design
- Burns wood or charcoal
- Chrome plated cooking grill and lid
- Steel stand
- Clay walls keep heat within
- Produces constant glowing wall of heat
- Sturdy with a low center of gravity
- Easy to clean
- Includes rain lid
- Includes base log grate
The clay chimenea is a unique hand-crafted item providing an authentic Mexican style grill, which makes each grill individualized and different from any other. Its yellow/brown hue would look great on any patio. With its bulbous base and well-spaced four legged stand along with its rain lid, it can easily withstand the elements.
This clay model is perfect for small campfire cookouts, or for keeping you warm on chilly nights. The clay walls radiate a constant wave of heat.
While it is a great grill with the qualities mentioned above, there are some drawbacks. As it is made out of clay, it is only really recommended for small fire-based occasions, seeing as how clay is prone to cracking if it becomes too hot, if it is not heat treated. This means that while it is good for small occasions, it cannot accommodate a large party.
I wouldn’t personally recommend this chimenea as my first choice, as I would want something that would be able to withstand a higher workload and can take more punishment without compromising its integrity. If you are looking for something that is unique and a beautiful decoration for your patio or garden, then this item would certainly fit the bill.
The Gardeco Tia Chimenea is a practical and modern stove with a swivel BBQ grill, with the feature of a chim-stove that is perfect for outdoor cooking and barbecuing. It is mostly recommended for customers looking to entertain guests more than providing warmth to a party. It is a light weight steel stove with the chimney placed off to one side, makes it a little unstable due to the fact that its weight is off centered, and because it is made of a metal, it is prone to rusting, especially after prolonged use.
The Extra Large Colorado Outside Fireplace by La Hacienda is seamless for medium to large gardens and blends in nicely with its stylish looks. The contemporary design really makes it stand out and it can produce a lot of heat. While it is stove is stylish and produces a lot of heat, which can also quickly become the problem you have to deal with. Since it gets hot very fast it tends to go through your fuel supply fairly quickly. While the heat it produces is a plus, it has no fireguard which sometimes leads to the heat production underneath discoloring your patio/stone terrace and can brown the grass in your garden.
La Hacienda Murcia Medium Steel Chimenea BBQ chimenea is considered to be a high value item because of its features. There aren’t many drawbacks to this stove. For example, the only one I could find is that overtime, the black heat resistant paint can start to fade from use.
The La Hacienda XL Murcia Steel Chimenea with Grill is made from robust steel and features a removable food safe grill. The thin metal may cause the stove to rust and you must buy the cover, which is sold separately in order for it to last through winter. There has also been some issues with the bottom becoming slightly discolored due to the oxidation caused by the fire after a few uses.
La Hacienda Skyline Steel Garden Chimenea with Laser Cut Design has a contemporary, laser cut design which fits best in modern or contemporary gardens. Without any added weight to the bottom it is top-heavy, therefore easily knocked over and like many made of steel, there are problems with slight discoloration after its first use and it does have a tendency to rust.
The Mini Wood/Coal Burning Stove by Reinventing Wheels is very small. Being small and compact, may be a plus to some people, but finding a flue for it can be difficult seeing as how some of the smallest flue sizes sold are four inches, while this one is closer to two inches and with its small size comes small heat production.
The La Hacienda Clay Chimenea BBQ is a unique hand-crafted stove with a warm yellow/brown color derived from the clay material is made out of. The clay it is made out of that gives it its individuality can become brittle and crack from either prolonged mild usage or intense use from large, very hot flames.
The Gardeco Cast Iron Fire Bowl is the stove that is the best pick overall, the only downside to its stability and dependability is its weight and height. It pros can also be considered its cons. With sturdiness comes weight and with it being close to the ground and stable it makes you have to bend/kneel to use it.
Overall, the best chimineas to consider would be the Gardeco Tia Chimenea with BBQ Grill, the La Hacienda Murcia Medium Steel Chimenea BBQ, the La Hacienda XL Murcia Steel Chiminea with Grill, and the Gardeco Cast Iron Fire Bowl. These four chimineas provide the best functionality for any of your needs. You can use these products for social occasions and setting a warm ambiance, or use them to cook and have a small gathering.
BEST FOR COOKING
The most expensive in this recommendation is the Gardeco Tia Chimenea, but it is well worth the money you pay for it. With its swivel ingenuity, this stove is perfect for outdoor cookouts and barbecues. The only minor setback being its wobbly structure, you can fix this feature with a little creativity.
BEST LARGE CHIMINEA
The La Hacienda XL Murcia Steel Chimenea with Grill is a larger sized stove than the Murcia Medium Steel Chimenea with BBQ. This particular stove is better suited for larger patios and gardens. It is at an affordable price that allows for the customer to use for cookouts and barbecues as well as for social gatherings.
BEST QUALITY CONSTRUCTION - OUR BEST PICK
The Gardeco Cast Iron Fire Bowl may have a rustic design, but its beautifully decorated legs compliment any setting. This stove is also affordable and can be used for barbecues, cookouts, or social gatherings requiring a warm brilliant fire