Chiminea - Cast iron or clay?

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After a couple of years of prevaricating we've almost decided to buy a chiminea. But.... do we go for clay or cast iron? decisions decisions.

Which give out the best heat? Friends have a clay one that cracked almost straightaway, iron ones go rusty - or do they? We want to put it on wooden decking so it'll have to go on a stone slab or something too, and we're gonna have to have a guard arouns it or the dog's will end up being melted :crazy:

And what about a BBQ grille? Seen one where the grille swings out, but others where you have to take the chimney off :rolleyes:. We do have a gas BBQ, but there's sommat nice about sitting round a real fire pulling food off it - yum yumm :cool: :p

So ideas, views, buying tips etc all welcome please chaps :D
 

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Not had any experience with clay, but iron ones do indeed rust. I suppose you could attack it with Hammerite every year to get round this problem.

The heat they give out is tremendous. Me and Shude used a leaf-blower to oxygenate the fire, and the resulting heat was amazing :)

Probably not suited for barbeque, but you can toast marshmallows with ease.

A stone slab and some kind of fire guard (as long as its not a chocolate one) is a good idea. The chimnea comes with a grille facia to prevent stray embers flying out of the front.

Another thing to note is that the cast iron chimneas are *heavy*, so take care when lifting one.

Finally, they are as addictive as it gets, so make sure you have a good supply of wood to keep it well-stoked :)

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bloodmoon said:
. Me and Shude used a leaf-blower to oxygenate the fire, and the resulting heat was amazing :)

Thanks for that Ant. Like the leaf blower idea ;) We have a friend who uses a hot air paint stripper to light his BBQ. It's wickedly effective :devil:

They recommend using a special heat resistant paint - can't remember the name now, but that's supposed to resist the rust as it is crack resistant.

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We bought a clay one from Homebase last June. Did the preparation meticulously; heated up twice and allowed to cool down. Used it once last year. Used it for the first time this year last week and it cracked *everywhere* :rolleyes: .

We went back to Homebase who gave a full refund (practically every one they sold cracked) and have now ordered an iron one (with the grille for BBQ), due for delivery next week - far too heavy to shove in the back of the car ;)

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Graham, you were not the only one to think TVR when I first read the post. Was wondering what a clay TVR would go like. A little fragile and not something you would want to go to Tesco's in :D Although a cast iron one would be fun, if you could get an engine big enough :)
 
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well i hope i'm not the only one........but, what's a chiminea??? :confused:

(i'm guessing it's a fancy bbq)
 

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simonl said:
well i hope i'm not the only one........but, what's a chiminea??? :confused:

(i'm guessing it's a fancy bbq)

Not the only one, dunno either, sounds very grand.
 

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Simon - I'm with you - have never heard of such a thing !

I now feel educated !

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GrahamC230K said:
Not the only one, dunno either, sounds very grand.

Think its one of these fancy garden heater sort of things. Very North Yorkshire :D
 
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Ian B Walker said:
Think its one of these fancy garden heater sort of things. Very North Yorkshire :D

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh - now you're at it too :eek: :eek: :eek:
 
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thanks for the helpful replies - a TVR indeed :rolleyes: :crazy: :D

A chiminea is indeed a garden heater and some can have the added bonus of bbq facilities too ;)

Looks like it's going to be the cast iron one then :D I'll do a pic when it's up and running for ya :D
 

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You say chiminea, I say chimney

simonl said:
well i hope i'm not the only one........but, what's a chiminea??? :confused:

(i'm guessing it's a fancy bbq)

I think it's like a chimney but different. Anyone seen a Chimaera with a chimney ?

Found out it's one of these.
 

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Ian B Walker said:
....... Very North Yorkshire :D

Brilliant Ian !!

My dad's from 'uddersfield but his family never had one.

PS I've worked it out, A Chiminea can have a chimney but a chimney doesn't have to have a chiminea.

PPS My WORD spell checker didn't know about it.
 
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Did you ever get this Pammy?
Had mine for a couple of years now and has only just started to go rusty.
I do use it a lot though.
I've now made an extra piece to go on the top so I can have it inside the gazebo and the smoke goes outside:D :bannana: :bannana:
 
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Did you ever get this Pammy?
Had mine for a couple of years now and has only just started to go rusty.
I do use it a lot though.
I've now made an extra piece to go on the top so I can have it inside the gazebo and the smoke goes outside:D :bannana: :bannana:

Nope - still looking. Fancy a fire pit now and have seen one in Homebase that we like - think it would be better - but we have to either move house (unlikely to happen now) or get rid of a greenhouse first, as we don't really want either on a wooden deck.:confused:

But thanks for the update and glad to hear it's still going strong after two years.:rock:
 

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I just lift the metal tray out my BBQ that holds the coals and move it nearer to where we are sitting - works really well, but not as fashionable as a fire pit.
 

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pammy said:
Fancy a fire pit now and have seen one in Homebase that we like

You're going to buy a hole in the ground?!

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