Chimenea Care Instructions


What you Need To Know:
Chimenea Use and Care Instructions:

General Safety

1. Chimineas are for OUTDOOR USE ONLY and clear of roofs, shrubs, and trees (NEVER be burned indoors or in an enclosed or covered patio.!).

2. Always have a fire extinguisher handy when burning in your Chiminea.

3. The entire chimenea will radiate heat. Keep children and pets at a safe distance to avoid being burned. Do not touch the chimenea once fired or while it is in use.

4. Completely extinguish fire and never leave your fire unattended.

5. Let the fire burn out naturally, for at least a few hours. Let it cool for at least 6 hours before attempting to remove.

6. Do not extinguish your Chiminea fire with water,as it will crack if you do.

6. Place Chimenea on stand or on a non-flammable stable surface.




Handling:

1. Most clay Chimeneas are manufactured in two parts. The base or "bowl" and the neck. During the manufacturing process each of these pieces dry separately for several days. After this initial drying process the neck and bowl are fused together into a single unit.

2. When handling, transporting or moving a chimenea it is important to never lift from the neck as the bond between the neck and bowl could separate. The best way to carry a Chimenea is to grab hold of the chimenea mouth with one hand and cradle the point where the neck meets the bowl with your other arm.

3. It is easier to set the chimenea in a car seat and fasten a seat belt around it much like a person.

4. Our Chimeneas come with an iron stand. Be sure and find a level, immovable surface such as rock, concrete, bricks or pavers. Be sure there is nothing above it such as ranches, awnings, umbrellas or anything else that could potentially catch on fire. Remember do not put your Chimenea in a gazebo or enclosed porch. Set your chimenea a safe distance away from any structures.

5. Now that you have found a suitable location let's get your Chimenea ready for a fire.


Burning:

1. It is important to insulate the bowl of the Chimenea so the fire is not directly against the clay. Add sand or lava rock to the bowl until it is 2"-3" below the lower lip of the mouth before you use it for the first time. Play sand works very well and you can find it at your local hardware store.

2. The first few fires should be relatively small. You want to "season" your chimenea. Build 3 small fires with a couple pieces of kindling or one small piece of wood. Do this for the first 3 fires. Be sure and let the fire burn out naturally. NEVER use lighter fluid or any other type of flame enhancing material. The clay can absorb the liquid.

3. Now you're ready for larger fires. Once the Chimenea is seasoned you are ready to burn larger fires. You may burn a few logs making sure to keep them in the center of the "bowl". If flames begin to come out of the neck then your fire is getting too big. Typically this will not damage the Chimenea however we do not recommend fires of this size. Chimeneas are meant for small fires. They are not meant as a primary heat source.

4. 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 burn it! Pellets, which are a type of manufactured wood stove fuel, are not recommended for use in a Chimenea. They tend to burn hot and if the quality is poor they will leave a lot of ash. Most Chimenea manufacturers suggest against burning charcoal or premanufactured logs.

5. While not in use, it is recommended that you place a chimenea lid or plant saucer over the top of your chimenea to restrict the amout of rainwater entering bowl. Do not burn if your chimenea is wet inside, it can cause it to crack.

Maintenance:

1. Although it is not required, it is nice to freshen up and seal your Chimineas. Future floor wax or Mop and Glo are two brands which work well. Simply take a rag and some on the outside of the chimenea. Next rub it around using a clean rag, towel or cloth. You need not due this more than once. This helps to seal some of the pores and hairline cracks that are not visible to the naked eye.

2. When you are not using your Chiminea you should protect it from the weather. A Chimenea cover works well and is made much like a grill cover.

Other Uses for your Chimenea:

1. Indoors:

We have seen chimineas used for everything from a towel holder to housing for pets.
Homeowners who are going for a southwest theme have been purchasing chimineas as oversized planters and candle holders.
A large Chiminea in the corner with a big, three-wicked candle makes for a great conversation piece. This may seem kind of bizarre to some people however Architectural Digest one of the leading journals for designers and decorators featured a large Chiminea indoors.

2. The garden:

We have seen some incredible uses of Chimineas in the Garden. Sunflowers popping out of the top. Vines poring out of the mouth. A fallen Chiminea filled with topsoil and a variety of flowering plants.
Broken Chimineas are becoming a big seller. They add a unique twist to the boring old clay pots.