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Editors note: Many firepits don’t come with decent instructions - our thanks to John Ansart of Chimineas.com for the following guidelines.

Fire Pits and Portable Patio Fireplaces are becoming increasingly popular. Their popularity has generated an influx of new styles, designs and materials from the leading outdoor fireplace manufacturers. With their popularity increasing patio fireplaces are appearing more and more in a wide variety of retail stores from home center chains to grocery stores and specialty shops and catalogs. Unfortunately some retailers both on and offline do not provide comprehensive use and care instructions vital to the safe and fun use of their outdoor fireplace.

Our use and care instructions are simply a guideline based on our experience. These are not meant to supersede but enhance the use and care instructions you may have received with your outdoor fireplace.
If after reading these instructions if you still have questions please be sure and contact the retailer who sold you your firepit or the manufacturer directly before use!


Selecting a Firepit

There is a large selection for firepits on the market each with its particular pros and cons. Here are some things to think about when selecting your firepit.

-If your firepit will be traveling with you it is a good idea to purchase a model which breaks down easily and is relatively light weight.
-If you will be using your firepit as a centerpiece for your patio a “dish” or “bowl” design which is viewable from all sides works best.
-If you select a “bowl” or “dish” style be sure it has a screen dome or cover to help prevent flying sparks.
-Be sure to consider the firepit size if you intend on burning fireplace size logs.
-When purchasing a model with a grill be sure there is a tool included to lift the grill from the firepit when you are done cooking so you may enjoy...
Most Chimneas don’t come with decent instructions - our thanks to John Ansart of Chimineas.com for the following guidelines.

Chimeneas and cast iron chimeneas are definitely a great addition to your patio or deck. As chimeneas are becoming more common in yards around the US and the world it is becoming more and more important for us to reiterate the need to use caution and common sense when using your chimenea. Cast iron chimeneas are a safe and fun way to enjoy a cool evening outdoors however it is very important that you take a minute to read our safety instructions before using your chiminea.

Cast Iron Chiminea Use:

Before you purchase your Chiminea be sure and consult your local fire Marshall. Cast iron chimeneas require a little less care than their brother the clay chimenea however they require more caution. When your new chimenea arrives at your door please follow these steps to insure a safe and fun cast iron chimenea experience. Chimeneas are for OUTDOOR USE ONLY and should NEVER be burned indoors!

Getting started:

When assembling your new chimenea be sure to read all of the assembly instructions. It’s a good idea to assemble your new chimenea in or around the area you will be using it. Cast iron chimeneas are very heavy and the less you have to move it the better. Assemble your chimenea making sure to fasten all bolts and screws securely.

Selecting the area:

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.
Remember. ALL chimeneas are for OUTDOOR USE ONLY! Never have a fire in your chimenea indoors or anywhere there is an overhang! Be sure to keep you’re cast iron chimenea away from your house, railing or anything else that could potentially catch fire. Be sure the area above your cast iron chimenea is free...
Editors note: Many Clay Chimineas don’t come with decent instructions - our thanks to John Ansart of Chimeneasinc.com for the following guidelines.


As with any product that involves fire it is necessary to use caution and good judgment. Although the vast majority of companies that are offering Chimineas to their retail customers are conscientious, there is that occasional instance where a Chiminea is misused due to lack of knowledge. Below you will find detailed information covering the use and care of your firepot. Although these instructions are applicable for most clay Chimineas we suggest that you ask for an instruction sheet from your vendor at the time of purchase.

Handling and Preparation

Before you purchase your Chiminea be sure and consult your local Fire Marshall. Chimineas are for OUTDOOR USE ONLY and should NEVER be burned indoors!

From the moment you purchase your Chiminea there are specific guidelines you should follow.


A large percentage of clay Chimineas are manufactured in two parts. The base or bowl and the neck. During the manufacturing process each of these pieces dry separately for several days. After this initial drying process the neck and bowl are fused together into a single unit. When handling a chiminea it is important to never lift from the neck as the bond between the neck and bowl could separate. The best way to carry a Chiminea is to grab hold of the chiminea mouth with one hand and cradle the point where the neck meets the bowl with your other arm.

Transporting your new Chiminea

Most people are under the impression that they must have a truck or van to transport their Chiminea from the store to their home. This is not the case. In fact it is easier to set the chiminea in a car seat and fasten a seat belt around it much like a person. If the seat belt crosses the...