ISSUE 41  |  Orange is the New Black

10 Easy Pieces: Chimineas

October 14, 2014 6:30 PM

BY Cheryl Locke

The chiminea, a freestanding ceramic fireplace invented in Mexico for baking bread, is our inspiration this week as we search for ways to stay warm outdoors.

We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite wood-burning fireplaces with chimneys and fire boxes (made from materials that range from traditional terra cotta to Corten steel). Gather around one with us as the autumn chill sets in:

Above: A Prism Steel Chiminea, $698 at Terrain, is rust-resistant and will develop a beautiful patina over time.

Above: The Malm Fireplace, a favorite focal point in mid-century modern living rooms, is just as iconic and handsome outside. It’s available at Design Within Reach, on sale, for $1,615.


Above: From Danish manufacturer Rais Stoves, a Gizeh Outdoor Wood Fireplace made of Corten steel has a stainless steel grill grate; $1,504.

Above: A Steel Chiminea comes in two heights, (125 centimeters for $67.62) and (105 centimeters for $52.01) at Amazon.

Above: Creative director Sarah Samuel has a Red Enamel 1960s Freestanding Fireplace; $950 at Surfing Cowboys, which has similar models available. For more, see Steal This Look: Boho-Chic Patio Backyard in LA. Photograph via Smitten Studio.

Above: Designed by Danish architect Torben Madsen, the Aduro, £499.96 at Amazon, is a fireplace with a cone chimney, and does double duty as a barbecue. 

Above: La Hacienda Cuba Chiminea, made of oxidized Corten steel, is $200 at Home Depot.

Above: A 52-inch-high Clay Chiminea that burns wood is $139 from Lowe’s.

While terra cotta can crack in cold climates, it nods beautifully to traditional Mexican chimineas. If you have to have one, see Meredith’s post How to Prevent Cracks in Terra Cotta. Another tip when shopping for a clay fireplace: Buy it in person at a local hardware or specialty boutique, rather than online, as it’s both heavy and may not survive shipping.

Above: In addition to an option of propane for an instant fire, Modfire’s Urbanfire Chiminea ($1,650) comes in a variety of colors, from Tangerine to Ultra-Lounge White. 

Above: The neck of Blue Rooster’s cast iron Prairie Chiminea is removable to allow for a grilling insert; $469.95.

Looking to furnish your entire outdoor space? See all our 10 Easy Pieces, from Black Wharf Lights to Freestanding Wood Stoves.