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If you live in an apartment, you’re aren’t allowed to have a fire pit or traditional camp fire on your balcony.
It’s too dangerous for you and other tenants.
The main concern is the risk of fire. You may have a small grill, such as a camp stove, when you feel like barbecuing.
That’s not good enough for you. You want a cozy fire where you can gaze into the dancing flames in the evening.
You need something compact.
You’re wondering can you use a chiminea on an apartment balcony?
Don’t run out and buy one until you make sure this solution is right for you.
Why consider a chiminea on an apartment balcony?
A chiminea is a compact fireplace that is intended for outdoor use. It is typically made from terracotta and had designs decorating it.
The wide, rounded bottom is mounted on a stand.
It becomes narrow at the top, forming a chimney. You won’t have to worry about a cloud of smoke around your fireplace.
The chimney on the chiminea will send it on its way as it points straight up in the air.
The opening is in the front where it is loaded with wood.
This type of fireplace is popular in the western part of the United States and Mexico.
Many people choose it for a balcony or patio because it doesn’t take up much space.
It can be a charming addition to your apartment, making it feel like your space is your own.
Are you allowed to have a chiminea at your apartment?
Every landlord is different. You can’t make any assumptions about what is allowed at your building.
Look at your rental agreement and read the fine print. If you have a homeowner’s association, discuss chimineas with your representative.
If you are told no without any exceptions, don’t try to sneak one in.
The risk of starting a fire may be too great in the eyes of your landlord, apartment manager, or the owner of the building.
You may also find out that no kind of fireplace that uses wood is going to be allowed in your apartment, whether it is on the balcony or in the living room.
You may have a few options.
You may be able to get a chiminea that runs on propane or you could consider an electric fireplace.
Electric fireplaces and woodstoves look authentic and throw off heat, taking the chill out of the air.
You won’t be able to make s’mores, but you can still enjoy an inviting atmosphere.
What to look for if a chiminea is allowed
If you are given approval to put a chiminea on your apartment balcony, be selective.
You want a fireplace that is made from quality materials that will last.
Your options include:
- Cast aluminum
- Cast iron
What your chiminea is made of matters more than how it is decorated. Steel, cast aluminum, and cast iron will last longer.
What kind of wood will you use?
The size of the opening on a chiminea can vary. Some have a wide opening while others are modest.
You will need to figure out if you are going to need wood that is cut into small pieces, wood chips, or full-sized logs.
You’ll also need tinder to help it catch. Fire starters are another option that can make your life easier.
What can you do to make sure your chiminea is safe?
If you are fortunate enough to have this charming addition to your balcony, you will want it to stay.
You’ll look forward to sitting on a love seat, a comfy chair, or a blanket on the floor when you want to relax.
It’s perfect when you’re in the mood for romance too. Take safety precautions when you set up your chiminea.
Make sure it placed a safe distance from the building.
It should be up against your balcony railing.
If the railing is flammable, you may have to place your outdoor fireplace in the middle of the balcony.
Line the bottom of your chiminea with sand.
Always keep a fire extinguisher within arm’s reach.
You can also keep a bucket of water on your balcony.
Never leave your chiminea unattended.
Don’t let anyone stand or sit too close to your outdoor fireplace. You want to avoid the risk of injuries.
Children should not be allowed to play around your chiminea. They could knock it over, cause the fire to get out of control, and get burnt.
Always make sure the fire is completely out before going inside. You can also clean out the ashes regularly so your outdoor fireplace is good to go.
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