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 garden, I decided to look into something to feature on the patio.
I looked into patio heaters and stone ovens, but decided to take a chance with this new chimenea and went for the Sempra model.
It arrived quickly and was well packaged. I was really impressed with the overall look of the piece and placed it straight into the garden.
The chimenea looks amazing, almost pearlescent purple, and all of my friends have begged me to tell them where to get one like it.
Unlike other chimeneas this one could be used straight away, with no need to cure the clay as it is made of a new fangled composite clay (a patented clay called Chimalin AFC which comes with a 5 year guarantee against “thermal shock”), which does not crack when heated.
I have used it to heat the patio and cook a small bbq, it generated enough heat to keep a group of us warm late int0 the evening – and cooked the steak and sausages evenly.
I cant praise this item enough. If you are looking to buy a chiminea which looks great and is easy to use and maintain, then this is the product for you.
I took a load of photos of the Chimalin AFC chiminea too – see below.
You can find out more about the Sempra Chimalin AFC Clay chiminea here.