There’s nothing better than a summer evening socialising in your garden with friends and family. The best way to extend your evening into the chillier hours of the evening and night is to invest in a chiminea! Chimineas are similar to fire pits, but include a chimney of sorts (hence the name) and are incredibly affordable and stylish, often becoming their own focal points in a garden. There are many different types of chiminea, all requiring different levels of maintenance and care, so we’ve put together a list of the top 7 chimineas for you to pick from to create the perfect outdoor space.

What type of chiminea should I get?

There are a few things to consider before you begin your chiminea adventure, such as which material will most suit your needs/your garden. For more information on this, head on over to read our guide on how to choose the right chiminea material for you. A brief run-down of chiminea types: While all three types of chiminea are excellent at being outdoor heaters, they each have advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to consider them all to see which is best for you.

What else should I consider when choosing a chiminea?

You’ll need to decide if you want your chiminea to be practical or decorative or both at once. Once you know what kind of chiminea you want, you also need to find the best spot for it in your outdoor space so that it doesn’t get too close to anything flammable, and stays away from pets and children.

Top 7 Best Chimineas

The Santa Lucia Cast Iron Medium Chiminea (Black, by La Fiesta)

  • Material: Cast iron
  • Size:
    • Height - 110cm
    • Width - 50cm
  • Price: £179.99
This chiminea is simple in its design, but reassuringly sturdy and heats well. It doubles as a barbecue as it comes with a removable swing out grill which you can use to cook up some food while enjoying the heat. A decent size, this chiminea will provide you with lots of heat over a whole evening and even comes with a useful hand tool!

Sempra Clay Chiminea (Glazed in Mottled Light Brown by Gardeco)

  • Material: Clay
  • Size
    • Height - 108cm
    • Width - 43.6cm
  • Price: £279.99
The Sempra clay chiminea doesn’t require curing like most chimineas made out of clay so you can place it in your garden and start using it instantly. With a lovely natural-coloured light brown glaze finish, it fits into almost any style of garden. This chiminea absorbs heat and then proceeds to radiate it out, making sure those sitting around it enjoy a pleasant warm evening.

Malmo Steel Chiminea with Log Store

  • Material: Steel
  • Size:
    • Height - 150cm
    • Width - 36cm
  • Price: £159.99
A contemporary steel chiminea which is rust-resistant, comes with a log store and stands tall at 1.5m. The sleek design means this chiminea is perfect for any modern garden, yet comes with some efficient features making it practical as well as fashionable. This chiminea can withstand heat up to 650 degrees Celsius, making it incredibly resilient and hardy to withstand high temperatures for years.

Billie Bronze Cast Iron Chiminea (by Gardeco)

  • Material: Cast Iron
  • Size:
    • Height - 70cm
    • Width - 38cm
  • Price: £119.99
This small bronze chiminea is as charming as it is small. It’s a fantastic option for providing heat for smaller outdoor spaces and is portable for easy repositioning while still retaining its sturdiness. The Billie Bronze chiminea is also frost and weather-resistant, making it a great beginner’s choice for those unsure where to begin.

Azteca Clay Chimenea (in Yellow by Gardeco)

  • Material: Clay
  • Size:
    • Height - 125cm
    • Width - 50cm
  • Price: £279.99
This traditional Aztec-inspired chiminea would make a stunning addition to any garden. It comes with a sturdy three-legged steel stand to keep it safe and sturdy while in use, and a rain lid to prevent the fire from going out in case of unpredictable weather. Its large opening makes it very easy to refill with fuel and empty - perfect for a no-fuss relaxing evening with family and friends.

Kimera Steel Chimenea (by La Hacienda)

  • Material: Steel
  • Size:
    • Height - 110cm
    • Width - 57cm
    • Depth - 40cm
  • Price: £99.99
This outdoor heater provides your garden with a modern twist in the form of a chiminea that doubles as a piece of art that can be used as a practical centrepiece. Made out of high quality, durable steel, this chiminea is sure to bring the heat into your outdoor space as well as making an interesting conversation starter/topic for when you’re out socialising in your garden.

Ellipse X-Large Mexican Chiminea (in Dark Grey by Gardeco)

  • Material: Clay
  • Size:
    • Height - 90cm
    • Width - 50cm
    • Depth - 50cm
  • Price: £269.99
A large clay chiminea that comes with a sturdy metal stand and matching clay lid. It has a large opening for easy access and is eye-catching with its egg-like design. Originating from Mexico, this clay chiminea is an extremely efficient burner and is an overall incredible unique design.

Are chimineas worth it?

Chimineas are a great way to bring heat to the outdoors, and are safer than standard fire pits. They don’t get as hot as a fireplace, however, they provide warmth in a 360 degree direction, making them an ideal source of heat to enjoy with loved ones in your garden.  Make sure you’ve done your research on which chiminea is right for you before buying, and if you decide that a chiminea isn’t right for you, you can always browse our other outdoor heating to extend your evenings.  

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