Looking to add interest to a corner of your garden? Well, we have just the thing for you – a chimenea. Made from clay, cast iron or contemporary steel and sometimes even with a grill for cooking, they are a simple and cosy way to improve the usability of any outdoor space and are a guaranteed way to entertain your guests.
Whether you are looking to create a magical atmosphere, heat up the patio or explore innovative ways of cooking, you are in luck. This article will guide you through the best chimeneas for sale in the UK, on Amazon, Argos and others, with options from the most reputable brands, such as La Hacienda and Charles Bentley. We are sure that you will find something to fit your needs perfectly and add an extra spark of personality to your garden.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of chimeneas available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article’s chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
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Corten Steel Tinderbox Chiminea
Large Terracotta Clay Chiminea
Westeros Garden Oven
Medium Steel Chimenea in Bronze
Pasadena Chiminea Belly Heater
Cuba Cast iron & steel Chiminea
Extra Large Colorado Chiminea
Teplo Clay Terracotta Chimenea
Steel Squat Black Chimenea
Handmade Modern Chimenea to Last 25 Years Without Maintenance
Rustic Clay Chimenea With Practical Rain Lid
Wood-Burning Outdoor Stove With a Scandinavian Design
Budget Steel Chimenea for Patio Heating
6ft Cast Iron Chimenea Ideal for Large Patios and Gardens
Study and Reliable Chimenea Which is Fully Enclosed
Large Striking Chimenea Wood Burner From a Trusted Brand
A BBQ Chimenea-Grill Ideal for Cooking for Two
360-Degree Fire Pit With Safety Screen
A Lightweight and Compact Option for Smaller Patios and Gardens
|Material||Corten steel||Clay||Alloy steel||Steel||Alloy steel||Cast iron (bowl and legs) + Steel (flue)||Alloy steel||Clay||Powder-coated steel||Steel and cast iron|
|Best For||Entertaining||Patio heating||Entertaining||Patio heating||Large patios||Entertaining||Entertaining||Grilling||Entertaining||Small patios|
|Weight||12 kg||10 kg||10 kg||6 kg||38 kg||18 kg||23 kg||16 kg||5 kg||7 kg|
|Dimensions||45 x 45 x 100 cm||35 x 35 x 80 cm||45 x 45 x 134 cm||37 x 37 x 90 cm||47 x 47 x 180 cm||48 x 48 x 112 cm||60 x 60 x 160 cm||36 x 36 x 76 cm||62 x 54 x 107 cm||36 x 36 x 72 cm|
|Fuel||Wood||Wood||Wood||Wood||Wood, coal, charcoal||Wood||Wood||Wood||Wood, coal and other||Wood|
A chimenea /chiminea (from the Spanish word for chimney) is a free-standing fireplace which originated in South America. Traditionally it has a pear-shaped body with a long neck and is made out of clay. The modern versions, however, are also made out of cast iron and steel.
Some people choose to use them exclusively for decorative purposes, but most can function very effectively as outdoor heaters. Many chimenea come with additional accessories to help you grill or roast food on the open fire.
Chimeneas are the perfect way to add interest to your evenings outside during any time of the year and are pretty easy to use. They radiate a substantial amount of heat and are guaranteed to become an eye-catching feature in your garden, making them a worthwhile investment.
Clay chimeneas are the most traditional and have a distinctively rustic feel. They are beautiful and will add a distinctive aura of charm to your garden or patio. Plus, they usually do not require any assembly and arrive ready to use in one piece. Because these ovens do not get as dangerously hot as the metal versions, it means that they are somewhat safer to use around children and pets.
On the downside, they can easily crack if knocked over and are the hardest to look after because they must be protected from harsh weather conditions such as rain and snow. They should be covered up using a special covering when not in use and cannot be used when damp.
Cast iron chimeneas are a fantastic investment if you want to be able to heat up a large outdoor area and they can last for decades. These stoves get extremely hot all over - the more fuel you put inside a metal chimenea, the hotter it will get and the more strongly it will radiate heat. These ovens are ideal if you would like to use them for cooking and grilling.
They can be prone to rust, however, so make sure to cover yours from the rain, plus every few months give it a good scrub with steel wool and use a special sealant to treat the surface. Although these chimeneas are very sturdy, they are also challenging to move around due to their incredible weight. On the upside, there is less risk of them being knocked over or damaged.
Light in weight and easy on your wallet, stainless steel chimeneas are a perfect choice if you live in a rented house, move around often and do not wish to spend a fortune, but still wish to impress your guests. They generally weigh half as much as cast iron. However, they do not hold heat as well, meaning that you need to be constantly adding fuel to keep up the heat.
Steel chimeneas do not rust like cast iron ones, and unlike clay products, they do not crack, making them overall pretty low maintenance. These are a great short term solution, but they are unlikely to last for decades compared to their tough iron counterparts.
When choosing a chimenea, also consider how big you would like it to be. While you will want to consider the chimeneas impact on your workable outdoor space, remember that its size will also determine how big the pieces of wood will need to be in order to fuel it.
If the chimenea has a small body under 100cm in height, it's possible that you will need to pre-cut standard pieces of wood into smaller pieces to facilitate the burning or buy specialised fuel for it. A smaller chimenea is likely to warm the space of around 1 metre in diameter around itself – perfect for a small patio.
If cooking and entertaining are your main focus, you may want to consider purchasing a bigger model since it will make grilling and roasting a lot easier. Bigger chimeneas produce plenty of glorious heat that radiates out around 2 metres in diameter, to keep anyone nearby warm and to cook your food to perfection.
Cast iron and stainless steel chimeneas can be fuelled with wood, charcoal or coal, as the metal construction can cope with extreme temperatures. On the other hand clay chimeneas are not able to withstand very high temperatures, so clay models can only be used with wood and not with coal or any other fuel. If a clay chimenea gets too hot, it can lead to dangerous shattering and cracks.
However, many metal chimeneas come with manufacturer suggestions that only mention wood, so do check the small print closely (or our handy comparison table) before you commit to buying a chimenea, if you are wanting to burn charcoal or coal too.
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Dimensions||45 x 45 x 100 cm|
|Best For||Patio heating|
|Dimensions||35 x 35 x 80 cm|
|Dimensions||45 x 45 x 134 cm|
|Best For||Patio heating|
|Dimensions||37 x 37 x 90 cm|
|Best For||Large patios|
|Dimensions||47 x 47 x 180 cm|
|Fuel||Wood, coal, charcoal|
|Material||Cast iron (bowl and legs) + Steel (flue)|
|Dimensions||48 x 48 x 112 cm|
|Dimensions||60 x 60 x 160 cm|
|Dimensions||36 x 36 x 76 cm|
|Dimensions||62 x 54 x 107 cm|
|Fuel||Wood, coal and other|
|Material||Steel and cast iron|
|Best For||Small patios|
|Dimensions||36 x 36 x 72 cm|
Written and researched by Maria C
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