Fire and flame: Convivial garden

Handmade fireplace stoves from Mexico create a rustic atmosphere and provide warmth on cool evenings. With the spring-like weather the garden season begins and the time of the sociable rounds on the terrace and in the garden. And when it slowly gets darker and the evening gets cooler, patio ovens create a romantic campfire atmosphere.

The traditional stoves from Mexican chimenea are particularly beautiful to look at and are an excellent source of heat. They are individually made there according to traditional craftsmanship from the original clay. Their proven form and function has remained unchanged for thousands of years.

Camineros were already used by the Aztecs

Also called Chimenea, it is a freestanding cooking and warming place, which is used in its characteristic form since primeval times in Mexico. Via the United States, the Chimenea has established itself in modern times in Europe as a trendy and original barbecue and fireplace place for garden and terrace.

Its typical appearance is determined by the bulbous body of the fire, which rests on an iron tripod to protect against rain and dampness. The chimenea flows into a high chimney to extract the smoke. This gives it its unmistakable, earthy shape. The traditional fireplace stoves are still manufactured today in elaborate manual work in typical local manufactories.

Each individual piece of the stove is made from a very special clay mixture and is joined together in special forms, the so-called malls. After a long drying time, the malls are placed in the kilns.

Special clay mixture

Due to the high firing temperatures, only this very special clay mixture can be used for production. This is a mixture of three types of clay, which are only found in Mexico. The clays are ground by hand, mixed and mixed with water to a thick paste. Fireplace stoves from other export countries are usually cast only from terracotta chamotte: they are therefore of inferior quality and not to be compared with the Chimeneas traditionally worked in Mexico!

The Chimenea is fired from the front via a large opening that gives a view of the fire and provides warmth. Traditionally, fragrant pine wood is used. After only a short time, the Chimenea has reached a high temperature and is therefore ideal as a long-lasting source of heat outdoors.

At Tambuisi – unique living Camineros are available in different sizes and finishes. Tambuisi obtains the ovens from family-owned manufacturers directly from Mexico. Each stove is therefore unique and unmistakable.

An Aztec furnace: What is it?

An Aztec stove is a traditional fireplace from Mexico. Its shape is particularly impressive because of its bulbous shape, with an oval opening to add firewood and a short chimney flue. The base is usually made of metal, in which the terracotta stove is embedded in order to have a secure stand.

Our tip: It is available in different colours and variations: from very simple terracotta colour to pretty glazes and elaborately decorated ornaments. There is something for every taste.

According to legend, the Mexican patio stove takes its name from the native inhabitants of Mexico and is still often and gladly used in the country today. A few years ago the trend of the Aztec stove came to Europe and since then it has enjoyed an ever-increasing popularity among garden lovers, along with other fireplaces in the garden.

Aztec stove: clay or cast iron?

The first Aztec stoves were made of clay or terracotta, and even today you can still find many of these Mexican stoves. But what is better: an Aztec stove made of clay or cast iron? An Aztec stove made of clay or terracotta is favoured by its orange-looking colour, which evokes a Mediterranean, appealing feel-good factor.

In the meantime, Aztec ovens have been made of cast iron. Because this material withstands higher temperature loads and thus also extends the service life of the stove as a whole.

Grilling in the Aztec oven: Is that possible?

If you want to use your Aztec stove not only as a heat dispenser, but also as a grill, you should use a Mexico stove, which is especially used for the embers of grill coal. Often these barbecue ovens have an integrated barbecue grill that you hang in the oven. The upper part of the Aztec stove, which is easy to remove, transforms the Aztec stove into the perfect grill.

Aztec stove: Allowed in the garden? Allowed on the balcony?

An Aztec stove made of clay or cast iron is not subject to approval. If you have any doubts, it is best to contact the responsible authorities in your municipality, for example the public order office. In allotment gardens, the house rules of the garden also apply.

If you do not own a garden, you do not have to do without a fireplace. You can also set up an Aztec stove on the terrace or balcony. You should only pay attention to a sufficient safety distance, otherwise the sparks can cause serious damage.

Our tip: By the way, there are also Mexican stoves that have been specially designed for use inside the home. So if there is a suitable stove connection to the fireplace in the room, nothing stands in the way of using this indoor Aztec stove.

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