Chiminea safety advice

Using a Chiminea to keep warm? Please follow our advice to stay safe.

The summer months entice us to spend more time outside and use a garden stove or chiminea to keep warm and enable us to stay outside for longer.

We want to enjoy these warm days while we can so when the temperature drops most people find themselves huddled round a warm fire in their garden to keep the chill out.

Using a chiminea is much safer than having an open fire in your garden, as they enclose the majority of the flame, however people need to realise that the heat and flames from them can still be dangerous if they are used incorrectly.

If you are using a chiminea please ensure:

  • The set-up is safe - avoid placing your chiminea on decking or near trees and structures. Also make sure that it is stable and secure on its stand so as to minimise the risk of it toppling over.

  • You never use chemicals such as petrol to start your fire, instead use kindling to create small fire and then slowly add the larger wood.

  • The chiminea has a fire guard, if it did not come with one, you can easily make one yourself using mesh wire. The guard will then prevent any hot embers escaping and possibly burning someone.

  • Children are properly supervised and warn your guests of the dangers too.

  • You only build small fires - a chiminea is designed for small fires, not big ones, so if you see flames coming out of the chimney or mouth it is too big.

  • Someone stays to watch it burn - never leave any fire unattended, whether it is a barbecue or in a chiminea

  • You enjoy yourself, but that you don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the fire and keep a bucket of water, sand or garden hose nearby just in case.