How to mend a clay chiminea

If your clay chiminea is cracked, not completely broken into bits, there’s a reasonably easy way to repair it. This post explores how to mend a clay chiminea when it has cracked through heat stress, in the frost, or through being hit or dropped. Can I mend a totally broken clay chimenea? Despite being designed […]

How to repaint a chiminea and freshen it up?

repainting your chiminea

Our large collection of stunning chimineas come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and colours. They’re perfect for outdoor entertainment even when the weather’s cold. Clay chimineas made in Mexico are the best of the bunch. The design has ben developed and honed over hundreds, maybe thousands of years and they’re loved for their especially […]

Not one. Not two. We have 86 clay chimineas to choose from

Walk into any decent-sized garden centre or DIY outlet and if you’re lucky you’ll spot one, two, maybe even three or four different chimineas to choose from. Pah. Four? We, on the other hand, have an astonishing 86 beautiful clay chimineas to explore, everything from really neat and small to XL, in every imaginable colour […]

Avoid Thermal Shock – Prepare Your Chiminea Properly

You’ve bought a fabulous new clay chiminea from us. It arrives in perfect nick. You assemble it in your garden or on the patio, an easy job. You’re excited about test-driving it… so excited that you over-cook the fire, creating a massive blaze and using far too much wood. And, lo and behold, the blasted […]

How is a Clay Chiminea Made? It’s a Pottery Thing

Clay chimineas have real character. Some designs are made by hand rather than moulded, which means every one is slightly different. And the firing process means every clay chim, no matter how it’s made, has its own unique finish. How are they made? How clay chimineas are made In the old days clay chims were […]

Should I use sand, gravel or pumice / lava stones in a clay chiminea?

  A very common question that we get asked is whether you should use pumice stones (aka lava stones), gravel or sand in the bottom of a clay chiminea. So for those new to chimineas you need to add a layer of insulating material in the belly of your traditional clay chiminea (there are modern […]

Impossible? A clay chiminea which won’t crack

guaranteed for 5 years… and no curing either.   There’s no denying it, clay chimineas look great.   But not everyone wants the faff of curing it, then forever worrying about it cracking?   It may have actually put you off buying one. But not anymore …   Gardeco have launched a clay chiminea which doesn’t […]

Using a Chimalin AFC Clay Chiminea

The following post is by a Chiminea Shop customer who wanted to share his experience of using the brand new Chimalin AFC range of crack resistant clay chimineas. The model in this post is the Sempra Chimalin AFC Clay chiminea finished in mottled dark brown. Having recently purchased a new house, and spending significant time developing the […]