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Mexican Chiminea

Technically, chimeneas were invented in Mexico and the American southwest. The standard historical chimenea is generally though of in terms of the old fashioned, kiln fired, clay masterpieces. The clay industry was always big in the American Southwest and Mexico simply because it was an abundant craft material. Many other household items were made from clay such as pots and cooking devices. The chiminea was a natural extension of that work. They were traditionally created to be baking ovens, as they could be placed outside and the concentrated heat would provide a excellent cooking area.

Mexicans historically build their chimeneas in huge kilns that could do hundreds of units at a time. They have truly mastered the art of clay firing. However, many chimineas you see in stores and online may be built overseas and not be true Mexican chimineas. Cast iron and aluminum versions in particular may not be. Understand that in getting a handmade chiminea you will be getting a one of a kind unique product that can add years of beauty to your garden or deck.



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