A quick note for everyone who wasn't aware, the clocks do go forward an hour this Sunday the 27 of March 2011. Which is good news, we do lose an hour of sleep... however we will be able to spend that much longer in our gardens in the evening. With the warmer weather sweeping in through out the day the evenings still tend to be a little on the chilly side. If you are unfortunately sat in an office all day and do not get a chance to enjoy this lovely weather because by the time you get home from work, the weather has cooled and is now a little to chilly to sit outside to enjoy the remainder of your evening with a glass of wine and a home cooked meal. Fear not friends, a simple yet very effective garden feature such as a Chiminea will keep your garden cozy so you can enjoy a toasty relaxing evening on your deck or patio area long into the night. Now if you are wondering what on earth is a chiminea? here is a little history behind this fascinating garden heater.
History Behind The Clay:
A Chiminea; is a freestanding front-loading fireplace or oven with a bulbous body and usually a vertical smoke vent or chimney.
Originally, the clay open fire garden heaters that were sent to the U.S.A. from Mexico were known as Chiminea's. According to the ancient story, Chiminea's originated hundreds if not thousands of years ago by Mexican tribesmen who developed the Chiminea's as a means of providing heat for their family as well as a vessel for cooking and baking. The very frist Chiminea was designed to keep the rain off the fire and the family warm using merely a couple of sticks.
Over the past few years Chiminea's have become a popular backyard and deck accessory in both the U.S.A. and the U.K. where they are often acquired as general garden ornaments. Commonly, pinonwood is burned for its aromatic scent and its bug repellent qualities. Fires tends to start very quickly and very simply in chimineas and after initial ignition with some papers and small pieces of wood and in full burn after only 15 minutes, they will give off tremendous heat due to their design which allows much more air to be drawn in than, for example, a fire basket.
The best selling and most popular chimeneas tend to be made from cast iron however there are several aluminum versions available. Missing out on the great weather in the day is no longer a problem and is a thing off the past, including a chiminea in your back garden or patio area will surly keep you warm and cozy outside this spring.
If you are looking for something to keep you warm in the evenings that is a little more modern, then adding a Eco friendly outdoor patio heater maybe something that you could consider. Outdoor patio heaters are a great simple to set up, Eco friendly addition to any garden.