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Bring a little warmth to your garden - chimnenas and firepits

August 19, 2018

Bring a little warmth to your garden - chimnenas and firepits

Picture the scene - you are hosting the best BBQ or garden party ever, when the temparature starts to drop.  Rather than heading inside, many people are firing up chimeneas and firepits to keep the party going late in to the evening.  Here are our top tips to help you decide which to go for.
 

Chimeneas

What are they?
Chimeneas are probably best described as "outdoor fireplaces".  They typically have a wide, enclosed base with an opening through which you can set the fire.  The base then tapers up to a chimney through which the smoke is released.  They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and are typically made from clay (traditional) or metal (more modern). 
 
What type of garden are they good for?
Chimeneas are great for windy back gardens as they can be placed against the direction of the wind so that the ashes and smoke don't blow around everywhere.  They also direct any smoke up and out of the chimney so it's less likely to blow over your guests.  They are also great if you are looking to add a bit more character to your garden, patio or deck as they make a great feature.  They also produce less ash/debris and what is left is hidden in the bowl, so it does not look messy the next day! 
 

Fire Pits

What are they?
Fire pits or fire bowls provide a base on which you can set an open fire.  They are best for making bigger fires as you can build them up as high as you like.  Some come with grills so you can BBQ over them too!  There are also versions that burn gas but these give off less heat than their wood-burning alternatives.
 
What type of garden are they good for?
They are great as a social centre piece that you and your friends can sit around to keep warm.  They are perfect for toasting marshmallows over and even to act as a BBQ.  They suit smaller gardens as they are less imposing than a chimenea and are potentially easier to store.
In conclusion, the type of heating source that you choose may depend on how much space you have in your garden and whether you want to use it as a feature in the garden or something warm to sit around whilst socilaising.  Whichever you choose, we hope you enjoy your cosy evenings in the great outdoors!




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