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The Blue Rooster Company Chiminea, "A Better Outdoor Fireplace."
The Blue Rooster Company designs and manufacturers outdoor chiminea fireplaces. Their original chiminea designs are made of solid cast aluminum construction to provide a long lasting investment and years of trouble free use. They contract manufacture and market their own products providing original high quality designs with prices and features that are not available elsewhere.
If you see similar designs elswhere on the internet, they are not Blue Rooster Company products unless indicated. Although products looks may be duplicated, their manufacturing quality and great service cannot.
Outdoor Chimeneas originated in 17th century by Mexican tribesmen. These tribesmen created the clay chimenea as a source of heating their huts and to bake bread. The primary design of the chimenea was to keep the rain off the fire and the family warm using only a few sticks of wood.
Chimeneas made from cast iron or aluminum are also available in today's market. Metal chimeneas are far more durable then the clay version. Most are about five feet high and about two feet wide and come in a wide variety of designs.
When choosing a clay chiminea, be sure to note if the fireplace was air-dried or kiln-dried. An air-dried fireplace is usually “untreated”, so you would need to paint it and seal it before use. Kiln-dried chimeneas are customarily prepainted and sealed.
Clay chimineas are constructed by attaching the bottom bowl to the smokestack. The joint where the two pieces are attached is often weak; never lift a clay chiminea from the smokestack.
Clay chimineas are not designed to house excessive fires for prolonged periods of time. They are much more likely to crack and break than a cast iron or aluminum model. After all, a clay chiminea is nothing but a combination of water and dirt.
A cast iron or aluminum chiminea is far more durable and sturdy than its clay cousin. Although heavier than clay models, a cast iron chimenea won’t crack or break as easily.
Like any pice of ourdoor furniture, a cast iron chimenea requires some maintenence. A cast iron chiminea left outside will eventually rust. Combat this by sanding out the rust spots and painting them as they occur. This way your fireplace will provide years of warmth and relaxation.
Cast aluminum models are relatively low maintenance, lighter in weight than cast iron, and also rust-resistant. Therefore, painting and sanding is not necessary.
Chimineas are becoming the choice for back garden and patio fireplaces. Chimineas are charming, rustic and versitile. In addition to adding warmth, chimineas offer softlight and romantic ambience. More then just a decoration, chimeneas also double as natural wood fire barbecue.
Chiminea are intended for use as an outdoor fireplace, therefore it is unsafe to use indoors. Cas Aluminum or Cast Iron Chimineas can be used as a permanent addition to your favorite outdoor space. This type of chimenea can be outdoors year round. When your chiminea aquires rust, you can easily clean it off with a wire brush.
Wood choice is essential to chimenea use. Make sure you obtain wood that will split easily as the pieces need to be small enough to fit inside the bowl. Popular choices ar dry pine and spruce, hickory, apple, red cedar and mesquite. In addition to spliting easily, these woods will add to the ambiance with their rich aromas.
Red Cedar and Pinion Pine both give a pleasant smell and ward off mosquitoes. Unfortuantely, Red Cedar also "pops", so a spark arrestor on the neck and a screen over the mouth is essential. Pinion is the most popular chimenea fire wood.
Mesquite is superb for cooking but it burns very hot. When burning mesquite in your chimenea, keep the fire small. Chefs of all levels and regions boast mesquite as the only option for smoking brisket. For chiminea grilling mesquite offers steaks incredible flavor.
Apple is hard to come by but it is perfect Chiminea wood. Apple has a wonderful aroma.
Alligator Juniper or New Mexico Alligator Juniper will offer a unique aroma in your fireplace, chiminea, or stove.
Hickory in a chiminea grill is ideal for some great tasting burgers.
NEVER burn pressure treated wood. It emits toxic gasses when burned. A good rule of thumb is that if it has a greenish tint it may be pressure treated. If you are not sure DON'T burn it!
Chimeneas and cast iron chimeneas are undoubtedly a fabulous addition to your outdoor space. Because of their increasing popularity it is becoming necessary to stress caution and common sense when using your chimenea.
Cast Iron Chiminea Use:
Before purchasing a chiminea, or any burinig aparatice, be sure and consult your local fire marshall. While cast iron chimeneas require less maintenence than clay chimeneas they do command higher caution.
Cimeneas require a firm and level surface. If you would like to place your cast iron chimenea on a deck make sure you use a fireproof base beneath it. Do NOT place a cast iron chimenea right on the deck. Select a firm, level, immovable surface for your chimenea. If your chimenea will be on your deck be sure to place your cast iron chimenea on a fireproof base. Never place your cast iron chimenea right on the deck. Avoid placing your chimenea near anything that will catch fire easily - such as beneath an over hang, tree limbs, near a house or railing.
It is a good idea, especially when assembling a heavy cast iron chimenea, to assemble the chimenea near its intended home. The less you move a chimenea, the better.
If you wish to cook in your chimenea, it's best to cure it first with a few fires. Never use accelerants to get a fire going in a chimenea, and never touch it while the fire is burning or just after the fire has gone out. Iron is a excellent retainer of heat and touching it will cause serious burns. Keep children and pets a safe distance away from the chimenea.
General safety tips:
Always have a fire extinguisher handy when burning in your Chiminea.
Be aware of children and pets.
Never leave your fire unattended.
Do not touch the outside of your Chiminea while it is in use.
Do not extinguish your Chiminea fire with water.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there any product I can use on my cast aluminum chimenea to keep it from rusting?
A: Coat the entire outside surface with cooking oil. Reapply the oil every dozen burns, or if the chimenea gets wet. Do not allow your chimeneas to remain wet. Dry it off immediately after a rain storm and then burn a fire in it to eliminate any residual moisture. This will not give you a perfect seal by any means becasue cast iron will rust if left soaking in water for a length of time. It's best to use a cover when possible.
Q: What is the best way to lift a chimenea?
A: Never pick up a chimenea by its neck as this is the weakest point. It is better to lift at the base. Even if two people are moving a chimenea together, both should lift from the base. A dolly is the best method of movement. Medium chimineas can weigh 80 pounds, and larger chimineas can top out at over 150 pounds, so be careful not to throw out your back when lifting.
Q: What kind of paint can I use to refinish my chimenea? Should I use a sealant after I paint it?
A: Always seal your chimenea before using it. Generally an inexpensive acrylic is used when manufacturing. This paint is not very hardy, so it will chip or peel easily. Sealing it right away will help avoid the need for touch ups later.
When touch up becomes necessary, or if you would like to paint your chimenea a different color, use artist-type oil-based (not latex) acrylic paints. Again, seal it immediately after the paint dries.
Q: Is there anything I can do to avoid cracks or prevent existing cracks from getting worse?
A: Chimenea repair is unpredicatable at best. A high-temperature epoxy adhesive is the best approach because it sticks well to most dry surfaces and it can be sanded and painted. Another option is RTV high silicone caulk. This is generally used as a liquid gasket fot car engines or high temperatur duct sealing. However, it is not paintable.
Q: Is a stand necessary for my chimenea?
A: Yes, I would definitely recommend purchasing a stand. It will protect the bottom from ground moisture as well as making the chiminea more stable.
Q: Can I seal the chimenea after I have used it?
A: Sealing your chiminea can be done at any time as long as the chiminea is cool and clean. The purpose of using a sealer is to minimize the amount of moisture that is absorbed into the clay (which could cause cracking when fired) and also to minimize staining of the outside surface. Any staining that has occurred will not be removed by sealing, but a good cleaning with a detergent might clean it... if it doesn't remove the paint, that is!
Q: Can I use Duraflame logs in my chimenea?
A: Using a Duraflame log is fine once your chiminea is broken in with a few short small fires.
What Our Chiminea Customers have said:
"We did receive our chiminea. I had a very easy time placing the order. The outdoor chiminea arrived faster then I thought it would and was appreciative of that. It was an anniversary gift for my husband. We are enjoying the chiminea nightly. If there is anything else then I like from your online site then I will purchase it. I also will recommend your site to friends and family. Thank you again."
- Joanne G. New York.
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