CHIMENEAS

Gardening Australia - - OUTDOOR LIVING -

Th­ese hand­crafted, wood-burn­ing fire­places add a rus­tic am­bi­ence to an out­door liv­ing space. Made from vol­canic clay and bal­anced on a wrought-iron stand, this style of out­door fire­place orig­i­nated in Mex­ico. Even the best-qual­ity ones are un­likely to last for more than five years, as they can crack if the fire is al­lowed to be­come too hot, or if they’re struck by kids’ bikes or balls. Cast-iron chimeneas are longer-last­ing and can be used with bri­quettes or other high-heat-out­put fu­els, and they come with at­tach­able hot­plates for cook­ing. The smoke from a chime­nea goes up the chim­ney but, un­like in­door fire­places, the ex­te­rior gets very hot, so this form of out­door heat­ing is not suit­able for fam­i­lies with young chil­dren or ar­eas with tim­ber deck­ing.

from $150 for cast iron or $200 for clay

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