Chimineas can add such a beautiful ambiance to nearly any space. They can make an outdoor residential setting cozy and comfortable, or they can make a restaurant or other public place romantic and comfortable.
There are several chiminea options on the market, and they all vary in what they offer and where they can be used. Finding the right chiminea for your space can really change the entire dynamic and aesthetic. Here, you’ll find reviews on the best chimineas currently available to help you narrow down your choices.
If you are thinking of investing in a chiminea for personal use, you likely enjoy entertaining or at least enjoy sitting outside in your own backyard or on your own patio. Chimineas can truly add to the ambience of any day or evening, but you want to ensure you find the one that best fits your needs and wants. And as is the case with most products on the market, there are a lot of chimineas available from which to choose. Within this guide, you will find information on each of these choices available to you. By using this as a guide, you will be better equipped to find the right chiminea for your use. And this guide can be used when purchasing a chiminea for both residential as well as commercial use.
Full 360 Degree View
The view of the fire available to you when using a chiminea can play into the overall ambience, but it also impacts functionality as well.
If you are looking to make use of an empty corner on your patio, deck or in your backyard, you probably don’t want the standard circular chiminea that provides a full 360-degree view.
Contrarily, if you have a more open space and you plan on entertaining around the chiminea, you probably want one that provides a full 360-degree view.
This means that you, your family and friends, and other company can all sit or stand around the chiminea and take advantage of both the view and the heat output. It also means that you will likely have an easier time using your chiminea for food preparation if the fire can be viewed from any area around the fire.
While this is a personal preference based in large part on aesthetics, the view of the fire and the output from its heat does have a direct impact on the functionality of the chiminea. Once you know what you want to use your chiminea for exactly, you’ll be better equipped to determine what kind of fire view and access would work best for your needs.
Wood Burning vs. Artificial Logs vs. Gas
The process of producing a flame in the chiminea can come from a variety of sources. You can use wood, artificial logs, or you can even use propane to feed the heat output.
That said, there are of course both positives and negatives to every source of heat available, and it will be up to you what you prefer to use. However, wood burning chimineas certainly seem more authentic.
There is a certain ambience to a genuine wood burning fire. The scent and crackle of the fire when using real wood is unrivalled when using other materials. However, this is based solely on personal preference.
When it comes to clean up, real wood burning chimineas will, of course, produce more of a mess and will require more clean up. There will be genuine ash to clean up and dispose of with a real wood burning chiminea.
Artificial logs are an alternative and are easily accessible when you need to purchase materials. This is one of the biggest positives when using artificial logs. They can be purchased nearly anywhere and the mess produced is much less than that produced when using real wood.
And finally, there really is little to no mess at all when using propane gas to run your chiminea.
If you are looking for low maintenance, a chiminea run off of propane gas may be the best option for you. It is, perhaps, the least authentic or genuine feel when using a chiminea but it does produce a similar ambience to that of real wood burning, and sometimes it is nearly impossible to notice that the flame is not being produced by real wood.
Commercial Use vs. Residential
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The biggest difference in chimineas used for commercial use versus those used for residential use is size. If you are purchasing a chiminea to be used for commercial purposes, or in public spaces, you will likely want one that is much larger than anything someone would buy for their personal residential use. The rest of the considerations in this buying guide apply to the purchase of a commercial chiminea in the same way they do to a residential purchase with the exception of ensuring you purchase a large and powerful enough chiminea if purchasing for commercial use.
Durability, Size, and Weight
The size of your chiminea will determine what it can be used.
For example, if you want to be able to prepare a full dinner using your chiminea, you likely want to purchase one big enough to do so. If you are looking for a chiminea that will fit in smaller spaces since that is all you have available to you, then obviously you want a chiminea on the smaller side.
There are also different shapes available. Some chimineas are circular while the list below also takes rectangular chimineas into account. The size and shape of the chiminea you choose will depend, in large part, on the space, you have available to you.
You want to also keep in mind the weight of the chiminea you choose, especially if you are planning on moving it independently. Many chimineas reviewed here could be moved by just one person while some could not.
In terms of durability, you want to ensure that your chiminea will stand up against the elements if you plan on housing it outside through all of the seasons and variable weather conditions. You can always purchase a cover to protect it as well, but even with a cover, you want the chiminea itself to be of durable construction. This means paying close attention to the materials used to build the chiminea and also paying attention to the paint used on the finish of the product.
This will help to avoid chipping and will ensure you choose a product that has used the right paint to protect the high heat of the chiminea itself. You will also find one of the very best chiminea covers reviewed here within this list, and that cover can help to further protect your investment from the elements.
Best Chiminea Reviews
Deckmate Sonora Outdoor Chimenea Fireplace Model 30199
This outdoor fireplace allows for a full 360-degree view of your backyard fire while providing protection with its wire mesh spark screen. You can sit up close and warm up while not worrying about any stray sparks. It is made of designed embossed cast iron and finished with high-temperature paint. The durability of this product means that it will stand the test of time and give you a long time of use.
The design is aesthetically pleasing and will add attractiveness to any backyard or patio. It comes with a log grate and fire tool and can be used to burn both artificial logs and real wood. The sliding door allows for adding fuel and catching ash to make clean up a breeze.
This fireplace is for outdoor use only and as such, comes with a cap on top to keep the rain out. By using the cap, you won’t have to worry quite so much about weathering of the chiminea. It stands at 51.6 inches tall and weighs 75 pounds. Its dimensions are 21 x 21 x 51.6 inches.
- 360-degree view
- Burn artificial and real logs
- Heavy and a bit hard to move
The Blue Rooster Case Iron Casita Wood Burning Chimenea
This is one of the best chimineas on the market if you’re looking for one to be used in a commercial setting. It is made of heavy cast iron and weighs 230 pounds. So, it isn’t your typical backyard chiminea and will not be very easy to move. Its dimensions are 18 x 22 x 49 inches.
This chiminea provides easy access to the grill making it ideal for any campground. You can enjoy the fire while also cooking your dinner. It also provides a bit of ambience in other public areas such as restaurants or skating rinks. It comes with a rain lid, grilling insert, mouth screen, and wood tool.
One of the biggest positives with this Blue Rooster Chiminea is that it is very easy to use and keep clean. It is easy to light and burns very little to no smoke which means cleanup is also very simple. You don’t want to be worried about cleaning up too much ash or having things stained by too much smoke, especially if used by the public. And finally, one of the biggest selling points of this product is that it comes with a lifetime warranty so you can purchase without worry. If looking for a commercial, or heavier chiminea, this might be a good option.
- Lifetime warranty
- Not intended for residential use
- Very heavy
Uniflame Firehouse with Chimney
This chiminea offers that beautiful 360-degree view of the fire while keeping you protected from any stray sparks. So, you can have a group of people comfortably gathered around the fire and everyone will get a clear view of the flames. It is made of durable steel construction and painted with high-temperature enamel for protection.
This product features easy access when you need to tend to the fire through its access door with latch. It burns only wood, and there is a receiver that is easily removable to retrieve and dispose of ash, making cleanup a bit easier.
The Uniflame Firehouse comes with a wood grate as well as a chrome-plated cooking grate. So, you do not need many accessories when you purchase this chiminea. It is light for easy maneuverability which makes this a great option for a residential backyard or patio chiminea. It also would work for anyone who thinks they may need to move the product independently. This chiminea weighs just 44 pounds, and its dimensions are 25 x 20.1 x 43.3 inches.
- 360-degree view
- Only wood burning
- Light enough for easy moving
La Hacienda Steel Tacora Chimenea
This chiminea offers a very different look than what you might expect when you think of a traditional, standard chiminea and would need to fit in with your other décor. It has a very distinct and contemporary look and design and would surely add style to any space, including a residential patio or back yard. It burns only untreated wood and logs.
This chiminea is a rectangular design with an oxidized finish, meaning it does not have a rustic look to it at all. It weighs 81 pounds, and its dimensions are 14.6 x 59 x 14.6 inches. It is very durable, being made entirely of steel. This chiminea is a great option for anyone who likes the idea of having a chiminea but doesn’t always like the look of a traditional one and would rather have something that looks a bit more contemporary and sleek.
- Stylish, unique design
- Very durable
- Only burns untreated wood and logs
- Does not come with a screen
Kotulas Outdoor Cooking Steel Chiminea with Smoke Stack
This chiminea offers a cabin-style feel to any backyard or patio. It is weather-resistant and can burn wood, charcoal or artificial logs. It comes with a removable, adjustable grate which makes cooking and grilling quite simple and means you do not have to purchase another accessory to allow for cooking.
You can prepare fish, potatoes, veggies, meat or even brick-style pizza using this chiminea. You are not very limited in what you can cook using this chiminea, and many alternatives do not allow cooking at all, making this a strong benefit to purchasing this chiminea.
Given its design and ease of cooking, this chiminea makes entertaining friends and family fun and easy. And its construction means its durability will ensure long-lasting use. It is constructed of 0.8mm – 1mm gauge steel and is finished with high-temperature paint. So, you don’t have to worry about its durability or its ability to withstand very high heat.
Also included with this chiminea are a smoke stack and poker and ash shovel for easy cleanup. The assembly is quite easy, and it weighs only 28.5 pounds. This means you can easily maneuver and move around your backyard without much assistance. Its dimensions are 22W x 15D x 68H. It does not come with a protective screen so be mindful of that if considering purchasing. If you have small children who may want to be intrigued by the fire, there is not much there in the way of protection.
- Can use wood, artificial logs, or charcoal
- Can be used as a grill for cooking
- Does not come with a screen
The Blue Rooster CAST Aluminum Prairie Chiminea
This is one of the very best chimineas on the market for several reasons. First, it is built to last with its heavy cast aluminum construction which is up to three-quarters of an inch thick in some areas. This means it will truly stand the test of time. In addition, it boasts quality detailing such as the stainless-steel hardware, mouth screen, and fasteners.
It has a gas operation and comes with a 7-piece set of ceramic logs that put off a glow to rival any actual fire. It can also be converted back to a real wood burning fireplace by simply taking out the gas components. And if you change your mind and want to go back to the gas operation, you can revert just as easily. This gives you the best of both worlds in that you can use it as a real wood burning chiminea, or you can avoid much of the mess without losing the ambience by using it as a gas chiminea.
This chiminea is not intended for outdoor cooking. It does come with a year-round cover free of charge so you can leave this outdoors even during winter weather. It weighs 90 pounds, and its dimensions are 22 x 22 x 52 inches.
- Comes with free cover
- Convert to wood burning & back
- Not intended for cooking
Cast Aluminum Chiminea
Deeco CP DM6035J-AA Western Basket Weave Jr. Chiminea
This is a smaller design than many of the other chimineas reviewed here which is a great option for anyone trying to optimize a smaller space, especially anyone who lives in an apartment without much outdoor private space. This chiminea can be used on patios, porches, and balconies. Given its smaller size, this chiminea will not give off quite as much heat as some alternatives. However, if you are looking for a product that will fit in a smaller space, this may be the best option for you.
It comes with a removable lid to keep out any debris or rain and can be sealed back up for easy grilling and cooking over an open flame. There is a safety screen on this chiminea, so you don’t have to worry about flying sparks. That screen opens quite easily for adding more wood or tending to the fire. This chiminea also comes with a rain cover, fire poker, and touch-up paint. So, you won’t need to purchase much else for this product.
While this chiminea is fairly lightweight, it is still constructed of durable metal. It weighs 47 pounds , and its dimensions are 17.5 x 17.5 x 43 inches. Given its weight, the average person would be able to move this chiminea rather comfortably on his/her own.
- Can fit in smaller spaces
- Can be used for cooking
- Gives off less heat
The Blue Rooster Dragonfly Cast Aluminum Wood Burning Chiminea
The durable construction of this product makes it one of the best chimineas currently available. It is made of solid cast aluminum so never worry about rust again. Its ease of use is another positive with this product. It has efficient drafting which leads to several benefits if you choose this chiminea. For you, efficient drafting means it is easier to clean and easier to light. And it burns with very little to no smoke, so you really don’t have to worry about much of a mess or staining.
The firebox on this chiminea is quite large and can fit and burn 18 to more than 20 full-size logs. If you want a chiminea that will allow for burning for a very long time, this might be the product for you. This chiminea also comes with several accessories making this a complete set. Included are a grilling insert, mouth screen, rain lid, neck spark screen, screen/wood tool, and carry handles. You really would not have to purchase many accessories, if any, if you were to choose this chiminea.
As if the construction and included accessories weren’t enough to make this a great purchase, this chiminea also comes with a lifetime warranty to ensure satisfaction. It weighs 83 pounds, and its dimensions are 23 x 23 x 52 inches.
- Comes with several accessories
- Very large firebox
- A bit heavy to move independently
Redi-Flame Woodshed Renewables Chiminea Kit
One of the features that make this one of the best chimineas available is that it is an all-natural product. As such, it is made from food-grade paraffin wax and cellulosic fiber. Another key feature of this chiminea is that it can be used even in wet conditions, so you don’t have to worry about planning its use around the weather. This is a rather rare feature of chimineas so if its something you’d like in yours, this may the option for you.
This chiminea is very small and light. It is just nine pounds, and its dimensions are 8 x 6 x 15 inches. It comes with a sample package of 3 red-light fire starters and instructions for using the product. This chiminea is not for preparing or cooking food, as it is quite tiny when compared to the other products reviewed here.
As an added bonus, this product functions as a 100% natural insect repellant. So, despite how small this product is and how it cannot be used to prepare or cook food, it does have a double function as an insect repellant that does not use chemicals or other toxic substances.
- Insect repellant
- Very small; cannot be used for cooking
CoverMates Chiminea Cover
If you invest in a personal chiminea, you likely want to ensure it is well taken care of and protected from the elements if left outdoors. This cover by CoverMates is truly one of the best.
It boasts a 3-year manufacturer warranty so you can purchase without worry. It is made from 300D stock-dyed polyester and measures 28" in diameter 48" in height. The material has been chemically treated to ensure resistance to moisture as well as the ability to block harmful UV rays. Polyester is the chosen material for a couple of reasons. First, it is lightweight, so you don’t have to worry about lugging around a heavy cover or struggling to put it on and off your chiminea. This cover weighs only about 1.5 pounds. In addition to its lightweight nature, it maintains its softness in both cold and warm temperatures.
You’re able to ensure a proper and snug fit given the elastic hem around the bottom. In addition, there are drawcords to further ensure the cover keeps a snug fit and there is a locking system as well. There is also additional protection from the surge stitching, making this product even more durable. This would make a great additional purchase for any chiminea that does not come with its own cover. And it will help keep your investment protected, even in the worst of weather conditions.
- Snug fit
- 3-year manufacturer warranty
- Can get faded from the sun if used long term
We find the Kotulas Outdoor Cooking Steel Chiminea with Smoke Stack to be the best chiminea of those reviewed here. This Kotulas chiminea can use wood, artificial logs or charcoal which means that you have many options and are not held to just one material. And while there are other options on the list reviewed here that would allow you to use multiple burning materials, this chiminea also allows you to prepare and cook food. It also weighs only 28.5 pounds which means just about anyone can move this chiminea independently. And it comes with several accessories that help ensure easy cleanup.