Cabin fever? These chimineas will extend the life of your patio

This cold-weather season, cozy up to our favorite chimineas!

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The shift from warm weather to colder seasons is always a bit of a shock to our lifestyles, as we pack away the patio furniture and settle into the sectional. But this year, as we're all trying to spend more time at home, the thought of bad weather can be particularly claustrophobic. Instead of giving in to cabin fever, we're on a mission to turn our outdoor spaces into all-weather areas we can use even in the middle of winter. Enter: the chiminea. 

Sure, outerwear and warm fuzzy blankets can help stave off the cold, but a chiminea will add both warmth and ambiance to your outdoor space, so much so that we're calling it an essential for winter 2020/21. 

In case you aren't familiar with these little fire pits, a chiminea is a front-loading fireplace (or oven) that features a vertical chimney or smoke vent. It's designed to allow users to load fuel from its rounded bottom section and draws fresh air into the fire by moving smoke through its chimney. 

The result? A cleaner, hotter fire. Hello, safe, comfortable outdoor gatherings.

5 chimineas to invest in this season

Sounds exciting, right? It does, and if you're confused about which ones to buy and which ones to move past? We're here to help. Here are the five best chimineas to invest in this cold-weather season! 

1. This modern version

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Amabel Steel Wood Burning Chiminea l Was $670.99, Now $559, at Wayfair

Instantly add charm and warmth to any patio, yard, or outdoor gathering space, courtesy of this wood-burning chiminea. It's designed to draw in the fresh air and move smoke and sot out of the fire, to burn hotter and cleaner than others on the market. 

2. This wood-burning fire pit

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Sunnydaze 60" Chiminea Outdoor Wood-burning Fire Pit Black Steel with Fire Poker l Was $373.99, Now $299, at Walmart

This top-rated chiminea is perfect for anyone who's looking to replace their traditional fire pit. Measuring in at 60", this 5-foot version even includes a fire poker, too! 

3. This angled version

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Angled Obelisk Chiminea starting at $428, at Terrain

Love a contemporary aesthetic? Developed from a single piece of weathering steel, this modern angled chiminea will make a lasting impact on any outdoor space in seconds. 

4. This circular version

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Hampton Bay Briarglen Fire Ball with Tree Branches for $129, at Home Depot

Designed with a 4-leg construction, this chiminea looks to ensure both stability and durability when used.  Add in the 360-degree spherical spark screen that resembles a floating fireball when used at night? It's impossible not to opt for this fun-and-functional option. 

5. This traditional option

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Hampton Bay 55.5inch Outdoor Chiminea for $149, at Home Depot 

Are you looking to bring some style to your patio? Turn to this antique bronze chiminea to get the job done. After minimal assembly, buyers will receive a poker to tend to their warm fire, while enjoying a full 360-degree view of the flames. 

Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano is a Shopping Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building a highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins.