During cold weather or frosty times, the need for a heat dispenser is urgent especially in areas where our bodies are exposed. Chimneys are good suppliers of heat at such times – dating as far back as the 16th or 17th century. Recently, they have become important components of outdoor design.

There are three major types of chimneys. The major difference between the three types lie in their material make-up and performance characteristics.

Types of Chim

Clay Chimneys

Originally developed in Mexico, these are made traditionally and crafted by hand from terracotta clay. Clay was traditionally used because they were cheap and readily available.

Cast iron Chimneys

These could be either sand-cast iron or die-cast iron. The sand-cast ones are very strong and robust; made from sand casting, the product is 6mm thick and very heavy. The die-cast chimneys are made by forcing the molten metal under high pressure into mold cavity.

Steel Iron Chimneys

These are the latest developments of chimneys based on the Mexican designs. Steel iron chimneys are made from steel and cast iron. This perfect combo has been used to manufacture some of the best chimney in the market today.

Best Chimney Reviews

Deckmate Sonora Outdoor Chimney Fireplace Model 30199

Embossed with cast iron construction and furnished with a high temperature paint finish, this product weighs 75 pounds measuring 21 x 21 x 51.6 inches in dimension. Its components come packaged in parts in a carton and have to be assembled.

This sturdy cast iron chimney features a rubbed bronze finish. It has a big belly that gives a full 360-degree view of fire with fine wire mesh spark screen and a cap on top to keep out rain.

It is fuelled with burning wood or artificial logs 51.6 inches high and has a large sliding door for the addition of fuel. It comes with a log grate, a fire tool and an ash catcher for easy and effortless clean-up. This chimney is for outdoor use only and would be a great addition to any patio.

La Hacienda 56141US Aspen Chimney

La Hacienda chimney weighs 26.8 pounds and measures 49.2 x 19.3 x 19.3 inches in dimension. It is classically styled standing 4.1 ft. tall. It comes with its parts packed in a carton for easy movement and is easily assembled together.

This product is made of cast iron finished with high temperature black paint that is heat resistant. The high temperature paint ensures that the surface does not rust making it very durable. Its belly is made of mix cast iron, has a steel smoke outlet and with a fine wire mesh spark screen. It is also equipped with a grill top for outdoor cooking.

This model of La Hacienda Aspen chimney has a large door for adding fuel, a rain lid to minimize water damage and an ash catcher for easy clean up. It could be fuelled with burning wood, artificial log or charcoal.

It is meant for outdoor use only and I recommend it for purchase.

The Blue Rooster Cast Aluminium Prairie Chimney

This cast aluminium chimney weighs 80 pounds and measures 22 x 22 x 52 inches in dimension. It is made of non-rusting solid cast aluminium alloy and has carry handles for easy movement.

This safe clean single opening traditional chimney has a hinged stainless steel safety mouth screen. It also has an extra-large mouth opening of a traditional chimney allowing for a full view of the fire. The hinged safety screen allows for easy addition of wood.

It has a removable neck for grilling, cast iron grilling insert, cast iron bottom grate to support fire, spark arrestor neck insert and a removable matching lid. This product also comes with a touch up paint bottle and a wood tool.

Prairie chimney is surely one to consider for anyone who loves the warmth of a fire.

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