Useful links for chiminea lovers
As the proud owner of a stylish, practical chiminea or fire pit, it’s good to have a few pieces of relevant information handy. Here are some links you might find useful.
About smoke-free zones
Many parts of the country are smoke control areas. This means you’re not allowed to emit smoke from a chimney unless you’re burning authorised fuel or using exempt appliances, for example burners and stoves. You can usually use outdoor barbecues, chimineas, fireplaces and pizza ovens.
If you’d like to know more about the smokeless zone rules, here’s a link. https://www.gov.uk/smoke-control-area-rules
To find out if you live in a smoke control area, follow this link to find the details for your local council. Their environmental services department will be able to help. https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council
If you’d like to know more about the rules on bonfires, here’s a link. https://www.gov.uk/garden-bonfires-rules
How to dispose of ash waste
What do you do with the ash left over after a chiminea or fire pit session? Find out more here https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/ash-coal-wood-0
Under some circumstances wood and coal ash can be of great benefit to your garden. It depends on your soil and what you want to grow. Here’s a link to the information you need. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/using-wood-ashes.htm
Insurance for the contents of your garden
Did you know that many home insurance companies offer policies that cover the contents of your garden? If your home cover doesn’t protect garden contents, you might want to change insurers at renewal. You should always choose an insurance company that is a member of the ABI, the Association of British Insurers, and is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. That way you ensure your consumer rights are properly taken care of.
Here’s a directory of insurance companies registered with the ABI https://www.abi.org.uk/About/ABI-members. And here’s a link to the FCA website. https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/general-insurers-insurance-intermediaries
The UK fire service website contains lots of great advice about fire safety around barbecues, cooking outdoors, camp fires and more. Here’s a link. http://www.fireservice.co.uk/safety/barbecue/