How To Start A Fire In A Chiminea

Editor’s Review:

The folks at the Blue Rooster Company demonstrate how to make and start a fire in one of their popular chimineas (the dragonfly model) during the winter season. It shows the fire burning in smokeless, clean fashion: because the wood is not only seasoned but also because this outdoor fireplace has a chimney for venting and drafting any smoke upwards and out.

Video Transcript:

Well here we are outside in the Blue Rooster warehouses and factory in Northern Minnesota and
as you can see we’ve had a little snow up here.

I wanted to show how this chiminea burns just so that at times people do this. They forget and
leave the lid on and they wonder why it’s all smoky.

Well, I’m going to show you basically how I like to light the fire. First of all I put the spark
screen in there. You can see it. It’s good if you start with paper but we’re not going to use paper
today. We’ve got another method for it.

So, we’ll open the mouth of the fireplace here. And see I’ve got a nice bag of oak, seasoned oak,
and a trusty fire tool of course. If you’ve got one of your own go ahead and use it, but go and
grab this bag of wood.

I like to start with the smaller pieces first. It seems to get going a little better. The big thing about
when you’re burning a chiminea is that you don’t really need a lot of wood to have a real good
fire. They’re very efficient burners. Once you get the main pieces lit you’re good to go.

Let’s see… I’ve got some junk on the bottom here. We’re gonna use that to start her going.
Throw that in here, and let’s see… yeah we’ll put another piece in there. What the heck. We’ll
probably be here for a while.

It’s Friday here at the Blue Rooster and we like to relax a little bit on Fridays, enjoy ourselves.
And today we’re gonna do a little snowmobiling, but before that we’re going to have a fire and
you know, we’ll probably go snowmobiling and be able to have a fire again afterwards. Get
some night shots for you.

So, tell you what. This is how we light a fire in Minnesota. We don’t mess around with the
paper. What you gotta do is get your torch out.

The nice thing about a chiminea is the more you use the easier it is to light it.

Alright. Well, as that takes off I’m going to find me an adult beverage and I’ll be back in a few
minutes.

Anyways, when you first start a fire you’re gonna get some smoke that comes out of sides
there, you know. And that’s just natural. Once that heats up the neck’s gonna go free. You can
see up on the top here. It’s just very light smoke at all coming out of there. That’s hot air and as the
thing gets going, it’s gonna burn clean.

So we’re gonna get the door shut here. Put the middle of the little latch up and we’ll give her a few more
minutes to get going and go from there.

There you go. Got the fire rolling in there. You can see there’s no smoke coming out of the
mouth opening. It’s all going up the neck and if you look on top of this ain’t no smoke coming
out of there. That’s because it’s an efficient burning fireplace.

You can have this going to town. Your neighbours won’t even know that you’d have an outdoor
fireplace. It’s not like a fire pit that’s gonna smoke or smoulder. You know, it’s gonna give you
years of use. Boy it’s nice and warm here in Minnesota.

This handle here stays nice and cool and the chiminea ain’t gonna burn ya. It’s pretty hot. That’s
actually the fireplace. By the way, you could do that. You ain’t gonna lose nothing okay.

Don’t let ’em tell you it’s gonna hurt ya. If your kids are going to poke at it then you probably
should just buy a water fountain. That’s what I’m thinking.

It’s been burning for a while now. It’s moved to a nice more of a nice copper finish as the paint
sets on it. One of the important things with these is you want to use them right away when you
get ’em. Helps the paint set up, last a lot longer, and the paint will last a longer and you’re gonna
get a nice golden brownish copper tone out of that gold accent.

Fire’s going pretty good, huh?