If you’re a person of a certain age, you’ll be humming the soundtrack to this right now. If you don’t know what i’m on about, well bully for you for being young. **blows raspberry**
My Black Beauty isn’t a horse (I don’t really like horses. You can’t see both of their eyes at the same time. Creeps me out). Our Black Beauty is our new swanky and very sexy, black gloss chiminea from chimineashop.co.uk.
We’ve never had anything like this before. Oh I tell a lie, we did reuse our old washing machine drum as a fire pit. But to be honest, it’s wasn’t the luxury outdoor heating experience I was hoping for.
It stank, was really smokey, looked just like a washing machine drum and man, it got hot. So I was really excited to finally own my very first chiminea. Something fit for purpose.
Before selecting one (turns out there are loads to choose from) I spent a fair amount of time reading up on the pros and cons of Cast Iron, Steel and Clay chimineas, all of which are available at Chiminea Shop.
I finally selected The Gardeco Sempra Chimalin AFC Chiminea from Chiminea Shop and i’ll tell you for why….
“Like all Chimalin AFC chimineas it has a traditional Mexican shape which naturally produces a clean, bright flame – and leaves only fine ash.
It also features the revolutionary Advanced Fire Clay (AFC) which means that you no longer have to cure the chimineas before use, or line the base with any insulating material to prevent cracking.
Each comes with a 5 year guarantee against thermal cracking (ie cracking from the heat produced by the fire).”
It was delivered last week, directly to my back garden by my favourite TNT driver. I eagerly awaited the arrival of the OH (husbandado) for some assistance with the unpacking and lugging about.
And in situ on our small patio area. Chooch obviously had to give her the once over before we fired her up (yes, it’s a she).
Saturday night was the perfect time to try her out. Tiddles was in bed. We’d finished dinner and tidied up (I always relax properly when the house is tidy) and it was a beautiful evening.
Sitting by the light of the fire with a glass of wine in one hand and a sheepskin to snuggle on was soooo nice. We sat out there for ages, our new chiminea taking centre stage. It heated up really quickly and gave off a lovely ambient heat.
There wasn’t any smoke or any stinky smells either, everything about it was enjoyable and I can see our little black number stretching out the rest of our summer nights. Perfect for autumn too. Can’t wait to toast marshmallows on bonfire night, whilst sipping hot chocolate and running around the garden with sparklers. Eeeee. ‘Citing.
I absolutely love her. She’s given our tiny patio a focal point, a reason to sit outside more and that high gloss black finish is just gowjus. Do you like?
I’d highly recommend a trip to the Chiminea Shop, they’ve got a great selection of styles and sizes and can provide all the advice and info you need to choose your perfect outdoor fireplace.
I was very kindly gifted the chiminea for review but all opinions are my own. Always. I only ever work with companies and brands that I actually like and think you will like too.