With all due respect to wood-burning fire pits, they require a lot. You usually need a good number of logs to get a decent fire going. Just before you start worrying about your kid falling in. Then, to get the full experience, you need five or so people sitting around it—and it only counts if they’re in Adirondack chairs. Even then, someone is always sitting downwind of the smoke and complaining as they play musical chairs. In short, fire pits are for summer entertaining. But the sun’s setting on that season and your house is likely less crowded as kids report to school. The key to enjoying a simple, fuss-free fire on cool fall nights is a chiminea.
This Bastoam from Wayfair’s Sand & Stable brand is just the right size for an intimate fire for two to four people. Unlike heavy clay chimineas, this steel one is under 40 pounds, so it’s easy to move, and it arrives with an industrial, rusty finish. Now you’re covered if you forget it out in the rain once or twice. The 23 ½-inch wide firebox won’t require nearly as much wood as a fire pit and the mesh screen helps with peace of mind. But the best part is the chimney that funnels the smoke up, dumping it out about 70-inches above the ground—and well over your head when sitting. That means everyone gets the best seat in the house.
While the screen helps keep body parts out of harm’s way, this chiminea is made out of metal that will get hot. You can still roast a good s’more in it, but you’ll likely have to be sitting to do it. While the closed firebox helps cut down on embers floating through the air, you should still keep it about 10 feet away from anything combustible or materials that might melt, like vinyl siding.
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