Everything about food, from matching food and wine to recipes, techniques and trends.
User avatar
User

Paul B.

Rank

Hybrid Guru

Posts

2024

Joined

Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:38 am

Location

Ontario, Canada

Anyone cook in a chiminea?

by Paul B. » Fri Jun 23, 2006 4:41 pm

<table border="0" align="right" valign="top"><tr><td><img src="http://www.4backyards.com/media/products/fire-pits/wtliving/cast-iron-grape-chimineas.jpg" border="0" align="right"></td></tr></table>Chimineas have long appealed to me, but I can't help but wonder if they're any good for grilling.

Most I've seen come with cooking grids, but the surface area and large open-air mesh of the "bulb" (that's what I call it - don't know what the real term is) make me think that (a) you'd lose quite a bit of heat sideways in windier conditions, and (b) it might be challenging to get a big enough fire going inside the thing so as to get enough hardwood coals that'd make for easy grillin'.

That said, maybe the trepidation is all for nothing, since I'm sure that with enough coals in there, one could do a couple of steaks or wings in one of them not too shabbily.

What's been your experience? I know that a kamado is clearly superior ... but is a chiminea even passable as a substitute for something like a kettle charcoal grill?
Hybrid Wines Online:
http://hybridwines.blogspot.ca
no avatar
User

Jenise

Rank

FLDG Dishwasher

Posts

26957

Joined

Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:45 pm

Location

The Pacific Northest Westest

Re: Anyone cook in a chiminea?

by Jenise » Sat Jun 24, 2006 11:49 am

The best thing I ever cooked in the one chimnea I had was my kitchen cabinets. We'd remodeled you see, and using the old ones for fire wood was an appropriate and efficient ending for them. But on a more serious note, we'd have never cooked in ours and I don't believe they were ever made for this purpose--you seriously couldn't get the food far enough from the fire. But they're fine as heaters.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov
User avatar
User

Bob Henrick

Rank

Kamado Kommander

Posts

3983

Joined

Thu Mar 23, 2006 8:35 pm

Location

Lexington, Ky.

Re: Anyone cook in a chiminea?

by Bob Henrick » Sat Jun 24, 2006 10:48 pm

Paul, I don't think these are intended for cooking, but they sure pretty! Check it out.


http://www.kamado.com/Meridian/PhotoGallery/Stove.htm
Bob Henrick
no avatar
User

ChefCarey

Re: Anyone cook in a chiminea?

by ChefCarey » Sun Jun 25, 2006 10:35 am

Paul B. wrote:<table border="0" align="right" valign="top"><tr><td><img src="http://www.4backyards.com/media/products/fire-pits/wtliving/cast-iron-grape-chimineas.jpg" border="0" align="right"></td></tr></table>Chimineas have long appealed to me, but I can't help but wonder if they're any good for grilling.

Most I've seen come with cooking grids, but the surface area and large open-air mesh of the "bulb" (that's what I call it - don't know what the real term is) make me think that (a) you'd lose quite a bit of heat sideways in windier conditions, and (b) it might be challenging to get a big enough fire going inside the thing so as to get enough hardwood coals that'd make for easy grillin'.

That said, maybe the trepidation is all for nothing, since I'm sure that with enough coals in there, one could do a couple of steaks or wings in one of them not too shabbily.

What's been your experience? I know that a kamado is clearly superior ... but is a chiminea even passable as a substitute for something like a kettle charcoal grill?


Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...
no avatar
User

ScottD

Rank

Ultra geek

Posts

236

Joined

Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:48 pm

Re: Anyone cook in a chiminea?

by ScottD » Mon Jun 26, 2006 11:10 am

Paul B. wrote:What's been your experience?



Nothing more than s'mores. But it does a great job on those.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

Powered by phpBB ® | phpBB3 Style by KomiDesign