Using a fire bowl, or chiminea, is a great way to provide heat and add beauty to your outdoor space. Here are some tips for use from Southern Patio:

  • Before you use your chiminea on a regular basis, you need to cure it, bringing the chiminea up to temperature slowly during the first use.
  • Only use it outdoors, and make sure that it has six feet of clearance from any flammable materials, like fences and plants.
  • Add six to eight inches of lava rock, sand or gravel to the inside the base of the chiminea. You can also place two bricks on either side to elevate the wood that you’re burning.
  • The chiminea needs to be dry before lighting the fire. Make sure you remove the chimney cap, then you can light a small fire in the middle. Let that fire burn out naturally, and let the chiminea cool completely. Set a larger fire in the chiminea, and let it burn out, then cool completely. Repeat the process at least two more times, making the fire a little larger each time.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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