Fire pit or firebowl? What’s the difference?

DAKOTA large firepit

It is a fire pit or firebowl? What’s the difference between them, and does it even matter? Let’s take a look. What’s this? Is it a firepit or a fire bowl? Traditionally, a fire pit is simply a ring around an open pit dug into the ground. Also traditionally, a firebowl was often smaller, sitting […]

Can I repair a broken clay chiminea?

cracked chiminea

Clay chimineas are specially designed to withstand heat, but they can sometimes crack all the same. Leave yours outdoors in winter and wet, frozen clay can crack off in chunks or break the body at vulnerable points, for example where the neck meets the body. Drop one and, like dropping a terracotta plant pot, it’ll […]

Essential clay chiminea safety FAQs

clay chiminea

Are you new to chiminea life? Do you have any questions? Here are some essential clay chiminea safety FAQs for you. Here’s what you need to know. Can my clay chiminea explode? If so, why? Chimineas are designed for small fires. There’s never any need for an enormous roaring blaze. The clay heats up like […]

How to clean a fire pit

You’ve invested in a beautiful fire pit. You’ve fallen in love with the way it’s so easy to light, the way it burns so well, gives off so much heat, and makes such a cool focal point for your garden. But after a few uses it’s starting to look mucky. While there’s nothing wrong with […]

All about indoor chimineas – The low-down

Here’s another of our ‘essential basics’ articles about chims, this time about indoor chimineas. Can I use a chiminea indoors? It’s a question we’re often asked, and it’s a sensible one. With the cost of living crisis to deal with, including sky-high heating prices, plenty of people are desperate to find alternatives to gas fired […]

How to make your own pizza oven stand

How to make your own pizza oven stand

First, buy a pizza oven. Then, find a place to stand it. Do you want to know how to make your own pizza oven stand? It could be a good move when the stands available in the shops are either good quality but super-expensive, cheap and flimsy, really ugly, or won’t fit where you want […]

How to paint a clay chiminea?

paint a clay chiminea

Did you know you can paint a clay chimenea to keep it looking smart? And did you know that, while specialist paint is available, ordinary house paint also does the job? Let’s take a look at how to give your old clay chiminea a bright new finish. Thanks to Pinterest for the image. Why paint […]

Can I use a chiminea on a wooden deck?

can i put a chiminea on a wooden deck?

Decking is marvellous stuff, giving you a flat, safe surface to sit, lounge, eat, drink, and socialise. So can you use a chiminea on a wooden deck? Yes, you can place a metal or clay chiminea on decking but, as you can imagine, there are some fire safety issues to bear in mind. Here’s how […]

4 modern chiminea designs you’ll love


The traditional Mexican clay chimenea look is always popular. It goes with every style of outdoor space and the design, with its extra wide mouth, is designed to burn bright, clean and hot. But what if you’d prefer something more modern-looking? Here are four modern chiminea designs to inspire you. The large Botella Mexican chiminea […]