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 About Chimineas 

What is a Chimenea and what do Chimineas do?
Originally, all clay open fire garden heaters imported from Mexico were known as Chiminea. As the story goes, Chimineas originated hundreds if not thousands of years ago by Mexican Tribesmen who developed the Chiminea as a means of heating for their family as well as a vessel for cooking in. The original Chiminea was designed to keep the rain off the fire and the family warm using merely a couple of sticks.

Unfortunately, the Chimineas currently imported are unable to withstand the thermal shock associated with a sudden down pour of rain. Admittedly the Chimineas originates in Mexico where there is generally low rainfall and not exceptionally low temperatures and in general produces a radiant glow which is sufficient to keep warm. In Mexico, when the cooking pot or Chiminea cracked and fell apart, they simply scooped some more mud or river clay together and made another.

Chimeneas from Bushman Burners are built to specifically withstand the typical English weather AND because they are made from Industrial Clay, you will not get burnt by touching the outside of the burner.  

Consequently, due to the generally low quality of clay used in the manufacture of so many Chimineas imported into Europe, several companies copied the original idea hoping to improve on the basic concept and throughout Mexico, numerous companies popped up. All claiming to manufacture better quality Chimineas using superior clay. Some companies disappointed with the general low grade of Mexican clay decided to use Mediterranean clays and had the Chimineas fired to very high temperature to enable them to withstand bigger fires to be made in them.

Unfortunately, the higher the temperature in the firing process, the more brittle the end result became and the less tolerant the product was to thermal shock or rapid temperature changes making them ideal for Mediterranean dry climates but fundamentally flawed for our wet, cold and freezing English climate.

Chimeneas in Terracotta tend to be fragile and unable to cope with the cold English climate. 

In order to overcome the fragile nature of the clay or terracotta Chimeneas, other companies decided to manufacture a range of garden heaters in cast iron. Unfortunately, rather than improving the original Mexican Chimenea, a new cult of rather ugly products hit the shelves, which are now in demise due to two main reasons - rust and heat!

This new range of cast iron heaters when hot are so lethally dangerous that a mere brush with them can leave you with horrific burns, not to mention the fact that after the first fire the paint effect burns off and leaves you with a rusty old tin can in your garden. Well let's be honest, you may just as well save your money and stick to an old 44 gallon oil drum with holes in it!

Chimeneas in Cast Iron are not good outdoors as they rust easily and due to the metal construction they can leave you with burns by simply brushing past them. 

The only garden heater (Chimenea) that addresses all of the critical factors relating to the essence of an open fire garden heater is the Bushman Burner range, which is made in England specifically to withstand the English climate.

All Bushman Burners are individually hand-made from a blend of industrial fire clays that are designed to withstand temperatures in excess of 1200 degrees C coupled with the fact that Bushman Burners are reinforced with a wire mesh which hold them together. So even if you do get a thermal craze it will not fall apart like a Chimenea. Furthermore, only Bushman Burners are capable of withstanding the temperatures associated with burning all smokeless coal, house coal, charcoal and logs.

Unlike the simple clay Chimeneas, the Bushman Burner can be left outside all year round - even in the frost and snow! You can make massive fires in the Bushman Burner without the outside over heating, which means that your plants, family and friends will not be cremated!

We continue to use our Bushman Burner at home during the winter season when our friends and family come round to join us. We are not restricted to sit indoors as we have the capabilities to snuggle up outside with our Bushman Burner on. Very cosy and very sociable - there's nothing nicer then snuggling around a warm fire with your loved ones.

Furthermore, we have designed and manufactured the hole in the face of the burner bigger so that you are able to feel more of the raw heat and see more of the fire and if you enjoy cooking in a Bushman Burner you can actually see what you are cooking without losing the oven effect.

In summary, a Bushman Burner is a Chimenea in the basic form of the word but is actually far superior to any of the competition!

For further information on Chimeneas, please read our:
Chimenea FAQ's

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