How to Light Your Chiminea

You don't need any pressure when your friends are round and you're spending time outside with a few drinks and some food - follow our easy guide to lighting your chiminea, and you'll have one less thing to think about!


The step by step

If you're using a new chiminea, make sure you have a few small fires first to cure the clay and stop any cracks from appearing 

What you need

  • 1 natural firelighter
  • A handful of kindling
  • Hardwood logs (we recommend kiln-dried mixed species)
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Heatproof gloves

1. Take the lid off

This allows airflow through the chiminea

2. Build the base

Put one natural firelighter in the bottom of the chiminea then build a 'log cabin' of kindling around it, about 4 pieces high

3. Put the logs on

Add two slimmer logs either side of the kindling and lean the tops against each other in a tipi shape

4. Light that fire!

Use your lighter or matches to set fire to the firelighter. This should burn long enough to set fire to the kindling first, and eventually the two logs.

5. Keep it going

Once the logs are burning, add one more log to keep the fire going. Add 1 -2 more logs at a time throughout the evening to keep the fire topped up


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1 comment


All we get is smoke off the logs. What’s the problem?


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