Best chimeneas for cosy garden gatherings
Create a warm and welcoming alfresco setup, and enjoy the open air for longer, with the help of a chimenea.
Chimeneas make outdoor socialising far more appealing, as you can huddle around the warmth of a fire when the chill starts to kick in. These freestanding portable fireplaces also make gorgeous garden features, and can function as an attractive focal point for your outdoor space.
There are a range of chimenea styles on the market, from sleek and contemporary picks, to multi-functional options that work as BBQs too, so there's one for every garden. There are different materials to think about, too, and in our list of the best chimeneas you'll find a mix of clay, cast iron and steel. Speaking of materials, bear in mind that chimeneas are not suitable for wooden decking.
Take a look at our roundup of the best chimeneas, and find the perfect fit for your garden socialising needs.
Best chimeneas for 2022
If you're after a fairly large chimenea to heat a big garden, this black steel firepit is sure to keep you and your loved ones nice and toasty. Light enough to move around the garden thanks to its steel construction, it would add a nice touch to a homemade beer garden. Plus, with a wide opening for the logs, it's one to consider if you enjoy that special open fire feel.
Not feeling the garden party vibes? Gather around the fire with some hot chocolate and toast marshmallows for a cosy and chilled-out evening. And check out our favourite garden lighting ideas to make your outdoor space even more magical.
While lots of chimenea designs are black, you can opt for a fun splash of colour for more of a statement. This dark green colour gives this chimenea a striking look, but the simple and elegant shape of the design makes this a solid choice that'll stand the test of time. It comes with a metal stand, and it's got a lovely glazed exterior.
It would look fantastic paired with shiny accessories, so you could add some brass and gold garden features - perhaps plant pots, or outdoor cutlery - to your garden too.
Two Piece Clay Chimenea
This pretty chimenea has a summery feel, and it doubles as a grill so you can cook your favourite BBQ dishes. Just remove the lid to grill your sausages, corn and burgers, and pop it back on top once you're done to enjoy the fire.
Sarsden Steel Log Burner
You can always rely on Graham and Green for stylish and funky home and garden features. This quirky chimenea's finish should change over time, so it'll develop an aged patina for a vintage, natural look. At 160cm tall, it's bigger than its dainty shape suggests.
La Hacienda Steel Chimenea
A great choice for smaller gardens and terraces, this neat chimenea offers straightforward style. It'll match any garden furniture, so it's an easy and effortless choice. If you're looking to get your garden summer ready on a budget, this is a top choice.
This chimenea has a steel body and cast iron legs, and there's a safety tool to protect your hands as you stoke the flames, too. At just 72cm tall, you can easily pop it away out of sight if necessary. Thanks to its compact nature, you could even take it over to a friend's house if they fancy borrowing it for a garden party.
Give your garden a homey feel with some outdoor cushions.
Dakota Fields Brookridge Chimenea
For a less traditional, more contemporary look, this chimenea is quite the stand-out garden feature. A real head-turner, you can heat up your garden in style! Again, expect this curved design to develop an aged patina as it becomes a well-used garden feature.
It would look fabulous in a minimalist garden, surrounded with monochrome accessories. Très chic!
Rust Finish Outdoor Fireplace
Big fan of the rustic vibe? This outdoor fire pit could do the job nicely. Large enough for a number of logs, so it would work well for big gatherings that are likely to continue well into the night. It's unpolished vibe gives it character, and with the addition of some dangly fairy lights and a bohemian outdoor rug, you've got yourself a picture-perfect scene.
Cast Iron Chimenea
Made of cast iron, this chimenea is a sturdy and durable choice. It features a lattice door so you can save your guests from pesky flying fire sparks, and there's a poker, too, so you can keep the flames going without the risk of singed fingers.
This is a charming chimenea that's as decorative as it is functional. Standing over a metre in height, it's a decent size too.
Read our garden party checklist for a relaxing hosting experience.
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