Hand crafted from clay, Chimeneas are created through an age-old process. Made by pressing together slabs of clay, then placed into a kiln before being hand painted and lacquered and being left to dry in the sun. While the chimenea bodies are now fatter with wider openings, and the walls are thicker for longevity the process of making these attractive natural outdoor heaters remains mostly unchanged for 400 years.
Centuries ago, the stiflingly hot Mexican sun bathed the Mayan tribespeople in its life-giving rays; but the sun was fickle and would often hide its face behind dark clouds or disappear completely on cold and cloudless nights, and so the Mayan people fashioned the first chimeneas from the clay that they found in abundance. The perfect marriage of form and function, elegantly beautiful, the first chimeneas kept the rain off the fire and radiated the warmth of only a few logs to great effect.
Centuries later the chimenea is more popular than ever, enjoying a renaissance of style and production, yet not deviating too far from that original Mayan design. Clay chimeneas are now made in sections by pressing slabs of clay into plaster moulds, the sections were joined together and left to dry. Once dry they are placed into a kiln before being hand painted and lacquered before being left to dry in the sun. While the chimenea bodies are now fatter with wider openings, and the walls are thicker for longevity the process of making these attractive natural outdoor heaters remains mostly unchanged for 400 years and many models come with Mayan inspired patterns painted and embossed on their outer surface .
Typically wood burning, our selection of clay chimeneas are perfect if you are looking to bring the warm cosy atmosphere that a working indoor fireplace gives you, out to your garden. If the selection is too broad for your needs, try using our filters to narrow your search criteria at the side of this page, so you can find the chimenea that’s right for you.
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