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How Chimineas Are Made

Welcome to Mexico!  Join us on a brief tour of a chiminea factory for a breif overview of how our clay chimineas are made!

Tlaquepaque, Mexico

Tlaquepaque, Mexico

First, three types of clay are mixed together to get the right consistency for a strong, quality chiminea.

Step 1

Step 1

Second, the clay is placed in a mold to form the desired shape.  In this photo, a grapevine chiminea mold is removed.  You can see the imprints on the clay.  The opening will be cut out by hand.

Step 2

Step 2

Third, skilled craftsman fine tune the shape of the chiminea by hand.  Once the opening is cut out and the clay is completely air dried, the chiminea will be ready for firing.

Step 3

Step 3

Forth, the chiminea is fired in a kiln.  The kiln shown here is fueled by gas, not wood.  Gas provides a controlled heat.  Fired chimineas sit outside.

Notice no fire cracks!

Step 4

Step 4

The completed chimineas are then painted and ready to go!

Now our work begins!  A truck arrives at our warehouse for unloading, which takes hours!

Step 5

Step 5

We hope you enjoyed these photographs!

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