Few backyard activities are as primal or satisfying as building and tending an open fire. The smells, light, and warmth make us feel strangely alive and remind us of our wild roots in nature.
Fire pits of all kinds are a great way to enjoy all the sensations of a campfire in a clean, controlled, and safe way. In my opinion, a clay chimenea is the ultimate in fire pits! These thick stoneware fireplaces shelter the flame from all sides and funnel smoke up the stack and away from the audience. Unlike the cheap metal pieces you get at Home Depot (the ones that get red hot and even melt with any decent flame inside), a real clay Chim is thick enough to work around and handle safely even with a roaring fire inside. Hanover Koi Farms will have these magnificent Clay Chims in stock this season in 3 different sizes…..just saying….you should buy one from us….
You need to set up your Chim, of any size, in an open area with a clear line to the open sky: no overhanging roofs or trees.
Make sure wherever you decide to plant it is stable enough to support the weight of the chim, even loaded with sand and wood (we’ll get to that). Note: when using a metal stand for your chim, the area under the base does not necessarily have to be heat-proof (ie cement or stone), but should be non-flammable.
Don’t add too much wood at once!
I wrapped my potatoes in a double layer of heavy foil (one layer will just burn right through) and buried them in the hot coals. I kept it simple, but feel free to add onions, peppers, butter, or olive oil inside the foil with the ‘taters.
It’s a thing of beauty! Maybe not the classiest of meals, but it’s hard to beat on a cold day.
Chimineas are great for cooking and all around outdoor enjoyment year-round.
Written by Chris O’Brien, Copyright Hanover Koi Farms 2017