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Chimenea Setup & Care

chims at pottery patchLocation:

Position the Chimenea outdoors, clear of roots and trees.

If placing on a wood deck, set on bricks or flagstone.

 

Preparation:

Before firing place 3 to 4 inches of lava rock or gravel inside the base of Chimenea to raise fire off clay bottom.

 

Fuel:

Use logs, wood scraps, or branches.

Use paper to start fire, NOT starter fluid.

Do NOT use charcoal or artificial logs in Chimeneas. They burn too hot and may cause Chimenea to crack

 

Building a Fire:

Always warm up Chimenea slowly – First build a small fire, allowing Chimenea to heat up for at least 20 minutes to avoid cracking.

 

Maintenance:

NEVER use a Chimenea if it is wet.

Chimeneas are NOT frost proof. If a Chimenea becomes wet and freezes, it may crack.

Do not fire chimeneas when the outside temperature is below 35 degree.

You may repair a crack in your Chimenea by applying a silicone sealant to both sides of the crack. Let stand 24 hours before using.

After a rainfall a natural white alkaline may appear on the pot. To clean, gently scrub surface with vinegar and a nylon brush. Rinse after alkaline has dissolved.

Cover the Chimenea with a tarp or you can purchase our Waterproof Chimenea Cover “CH716”.  This is to prevent rainwater from collecting inside and sun which might cause peeling of the surface.

 

Warning:

The entire vessel will radiate heat. KEEP CHILDREN AT A DISTANCE TO AVOID BEING BURNED. DO NOT TOUCH CHIMENEA ONCE FIRED.

NEVER leave Chimenea unattended while in use.

Completely extinguish fire before leaving unattended, especially on wood deck.

 

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