How to Make the Most of Your Chimenea

How to make the most of your chimenea
Trustworthy, durable and reliable, traditional chimeneas originated in Spain hundreds of years ago but due to their effective design and simplicity, the design of chimeneas has remained unchanged for all this time.
Today, chimeneas are a fantastic way to provide heat for your garden as well as complementing the look and feel of your outdoor space. Whether you’re relaxing by yourself or you’re hosting a gathering for your friends and family, a chimenea can help create ambience outdoors with heat as well as style.

Benefits of Chimeneas

As well as the aesthetic quality, chimeneas also boast a relatively low impact on the environment. Due to their use of wood as a fuel, which is a renewable energy source, they have much less effect on the environment than your average barbecue. Charcoal can also be used in certain chimeneas, but there are other, much more eco-friendly alternatives. Another, perhaps little-known benefit of Chimeneas is that the leftover ash from any fires can be used as a rich fertiliser - the carbon is a good source of nourishment for your plants.

Different fuels that can be used in Chimeneas

The type of fuel you can burn in your Chimenea depends on the material your Chimenea is made from. For example, you can burn charcoal in your cast iron Chimenea, but charcoal burns at too high a temperature for clay ones. The most common and environmentally-friendly fuel type is wood. You can burn wood in any type of Chimenea, but it is particularly ideal for clay versions. To avoid excess smoke, make sure the wood you use is dry - wet or green wood does not burn as cleanly. You can also burn waste materials from your home, such as old newspapers and egg cartons. Don’t burn plastic in the Chimenea - it can be toxic, as well as very smoky.

Purposes of Chimeneas

Chimeneas can be used for a number of purposes. As we’ve mentioned before, they serve as wonderful heaters for your garden, perfect for when you’re relaxing outdoors. They also work very well as barbecues: you can purchase grills for your Chimenea, and then cook food over the top of it. This is a particularly attractive feature when you consider that they are much more eco-friendly than a traditional barbecue. They can give off heat for around 6-8 hours, so you don’t have to keep relighting them once the fuel has been lit.

La Hacienda Sierra Jumbo Chimenea

La Hacienda Sierra Jumbo Chimenea

We love this cast iron beauty as it not only has a lovely, rustic look but you can burn wood, artificial logs and charcoal in it too making it a stylish and versatile choice at a great price. Buy now for £144.99


If you’re looking for something to cook on your Chimenea for your guests or just for yourself, then s’mores are the perfect snack. Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 8 Rich Tea biscuits
  • 8 chunks of milk chocolate
  • 4 marshmallows
Instructions Cut out some squares of foil that are big enough to wrap your s’mores in, and place one biscuit on each piece of foil, before topping each biscuit with two chunks of chocolate and a marshmallow. Place the other biscuit on top and wrap tightly in foil. Cook the foil packages on a hot barbecue (your Chimenea grill, in this case) and cook for two minutes on each side. Allow to cool before removing the foil. Enjoy! At Reigate Garden Centre, we stock several excellent cast iron Chimeneas that will suit any garden. To find out more, get in touch with us today or pay us a visit and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Reigate Garden Centre, 143 Sandcross Lane, South Park, Reigate, RH2 8HH

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  • Gary Tiley