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Chimineas are a garden staple. Originating from Mexico, they're typically made from clay, but more modern designs can be found in cast iron and steel, too – all with the aim of keeping your garden warm on cooler evenings.
You'll often find newer models with extras like a grill, so you can cook meats and vegetables with them also.
The perfect chiminea is a mix of practicality and style. You don't want an eyesore in the middle of your well-looked after garden, but you'll also need a steady fire that will retain heat throughout your time spent outdoors.
There are also safety features you'll want to consider too, such as how heavy it is, in case you want to move it around depending on which way the smoke is blowing once it's lit, or to accommodate more people in your home.
Stability is also key, as you don't want a strong gust of wind knocking it over.
As the weather gets colder in the UK, now is the perfect time to invest in a chiminea, so we've done the hard work for you and found the best designs from the biggest retailers including B&Q, Made, John Lewis and more.
12 best chimineas for keeping your garden warm in the evenings
Fallen Fruits Traditional Cast Iron Chiminea Firepit | £229.99 from John Lewis
This simple yet stylish cast iron chiminea is built on three legs to make a sturdy base that no amount of wind will budge. The traditional design is minimal but will be the perfect finishing touch to create a cosy garden once the sun sets. The circular heater has also been made with easy refilling in mind and over time it will have a rustic feel the more it's used.
Abura Metal Chiminea | £169 from Made
This is ideal if you're looking to spend less than £200 but don't want to scrimp on design. It's as chic as you would expect from the contemporary interiors retailer and the gold base adds a modern touch to an age-old outdoor appliance. Keep the chill at bay with this brass, industrial-inspired model that will have all the neighbours talking.
Contemporary Chiminea | £129.99 from Not On The High Street
This striking chiminea will instantly upgrade your patio without breaking the bank. Made from steel and painted in matte, temperature-resistant black paint, it'll warm your outdoor space and look good while doing it. It comes ready prepared to start wood burning with briquettes made from recycled wood particles, making it environmentally friendly too. Each log burns for up to two hours, and you get 15 when you purchase this chiminea.
Rizo Steel Wood Chiminea | £203.99 from Wayfair
Keep your patio warm all months of the year with this smart design from Wayfair that won't take up much space, but is incredibly durable thanks to the hand-welded heavy gauge steel body. The exterior is finished with high-temperature paint so it'll always maintain the sophisticated look.
La Hacienda Copper Effect Banded Clay Chimenea | £95 from Homebase
If you're shopping on a budget, this clay chiminea will set you back less than £100. With a mottled copper finish, large body and sturdy steel stand, it'll keep your patio warm for hours, whether you're dining alfresco or enjoying drinks with friends. It comes with a protective rain lid too so you can leave it outside in most conditions.
Gerben Steel Charcoal/Wood Burning Chiminea | £277.99 from Wayfair
This charcoal and wood-burning chiminea has an ultra-chic design that's modern and contemporary. It's very spacious too, with space between the grate and the base for air circulation. This will ensure the fire remains fed once lit and will stay enclosed for added safety.
La Hacienda Contemporary Silver Top Chimenea | £95 from Argos
For a more modern take on the outdoor heater, La Hacienda is the brand to shop with, that has a plethora of simple yet stylish designs to decorate your patio with. This black steel one weighs only 6.3kg, so can easily be moved around depending on which way the fire is blowing.
Log-Barn Chiminea Black Steel Firepit | £114.99 from Amazon
This is the number one best-selling chiminea on Amazon, with an almost five-star rating from happy customers. It has a simple set up and is easy to assemble, and thanks to its lightweight body can be easily moved around when it's cold."What a beautiful item that sets the scene beautifully, it makes the patio come alive. Perfect for those cooler spring evenings giving off plenty of heat," said one review.
Blooma Etinas Steel Chiminea | £79 from B&Q
This steel chiminea has an industrial-inspired design made from steel and cast iron that's easy to install and maintain. The mesh door will make refuelling simple and the hand tool and rain lid will ensure it stays in tip-top condition. Cast iron is known for its durability and ability to retain heat, so you'll be able to enjoy hours of flickering flames with every use.
Bellatrix Steel Wood Burning Chiminea | £158.99 from Wayfair
Unlike most chimineas, this one from Wayfair allows you to have an impressive 360-degree view of the fire, which is both practical and eye-catching for guests. Customers have described it as "sturdy, large, and easy to put together," making this ideal for larger gardens.
Flame Locker Fireplace | £229.99 (was £299.99) from Blumfeldt
This design has all the rustic elements of an eye-catching, vintage-style chiminea to upgrade your garden. But it doesn't just look good, it boasts a large fire basket that can be kept behind the closed doors and keep your guests safe, but the mesh windows will allow you to enjoy watching the flames. It is quite heavy, weighing 25kg, so while you can move it, we'd recommend having two pairs on hands to avoid injury. There's also a removable wooden grate and ash box to make clean up as easy as possible.
Lighthouse Metal Charcoal Chiminea | £286.99 from Wayfair
Go all out and make a statement with this nautical chiminea that's a replica of a lighthouse. The wood burning model has a decorative rust finish, making for a quirky addition to your garden. It's weather-resistant too so you can leave it uncovered and it'll still be just as effective after a downpour.
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