Advantages To Using An Iron Chiminea

A chiminea is a vertically-positioned, outdoor fireplace, complete with a vent and a chimney. Cast iron and clay chiminea are the two most common types of chimineas. For a long time, conventional clay chimineas were used, but they presented many problems. These traditional fireplace chimineas have always had safety and durability issues.

Understanding Iron Chiminea Advantages

  • Cost —  Cast Iron Chimineas are made through an assembly-line system in factories. Thus, they are slightly cheaper than clay chimineas.
  • Durability — the use of iron makes cast iron chimineas stronger, giving them a longer lifecycle. They don’t crack easily like the clay chimineas.
  • Maintenance Need — their outer surface can be easily painted or stained to protect against moisture seepage and rusting. However, Clay chimineas are more demanding — in wet conditions, they need to be insulated within layers of plastic sheets. In extremely dry weather, the outer surface needs to be moisturized with repeated coatings of paint.
  • Ease-of-purchase — since iron chimineas are produced in an industrial mode, they are retailed through numerous brands. They can be easily home-delivered and carry a warranty. Clay chimineas are now made by a selected number of chiminea-makers, i.e. produced in an unorganized market. They have to be specially ordered and self-transported. Further, they don’t carry a warranty and it is difficult to find professional help for repairing them.
  • Flexibility of Use — many portable iron chimineas are now being sold. They can be easily moved around in the yard since assembling them is easy. However, clay chimineas don’t offer this option, being a fixed installation.