The Chimini: A Product Review
It’s not very often that you come across a unique product that’s hand made these days but when you do you just have to get your hands on it because you know the quality and reliability of it will be unsurpassed! Today I received my Chimini, a stove that can be used for camping, on your deck or in your back yard. This unique and brilliantly designed stove is hand made by a blacksmith in Devon, UK, who has 15 years of experience in the Blacksmithing industry.
The design and functionality:
Although the Chimini isn’t very large in size, it’s still a lot bigger than your traditional survival stove. It measures approximately 16″ wide at the base, 20″ tall, weighs around 7 pounds and is shaped like a triangle with a large opening in the front that lets you place bigger and bulkier pieces of wood into your fire. There are three holes at the bottom of two sides which draw in the air directly to the base of your fire making it burn beautifully and steadily. The shape of the stove (since it gets narrower as you go to the top) really helps with the draw. Once your fire is going strong you can actually see the flames jetting out of the top – just check out some of the pictures and you’ll see what I mean!
And because of it’s efficiency, you don’t have to sit there and keep adding more fuel to your fire every couple minutes. You can sit back and relax for a while, possibly even an hour or more at a time, all depending of course on the size and quality of wood that you are burning. What’s also nice about this stove is that the metal retains the heat extremely very well all while radiating it outward so a small and steady fire can easily keep you nice and warm. Although the feet do not get very hot and it should be safe to place it on your deck I would still put a protective plate or barrier of some sort in between just to be on the safe side.
The stove is available in three different colors: black, red and an unpainted version. If you choose the unpainted version and plan on painting it yourself you will need to make sure that you use high heat paint such as barbecue paint. A other colors and a painted camouflage version will also be available in the near future – I can’t wait to see what that one looks like! It also features a full bottom so you don’t have to worry about the coals and embers falling onto the ground and starting an accidental fire. Once your fire is out and the stove has cooled down you can pick it up by the handle and simply dump out the ashes through spout at the top.
The stove weighs approximately 7 pounds and is easy to take long with you on the drive to your next campsite which is perfect for areas that have certain open fire restrictions. There is a custom made handle on the front of the stove which is positioned in such a place that it serves as carrying handle all while keeping the stove balanced. The stove is also perfectly balanced on it’s three feet and doesn’t rock from side to side.
The stove is extremely durable as it’s made of 2mm sheet metal. There isn’t much to say about the durability except that you can literally drop this thing and it will stay intact. It’s extremely tough and will withstand a lot of abuse! Each stove is hand made and the manufacturer takes pride in what he does and literally creates a piece of art. All of the joints look perfect as if the entire stove was cast as one solid piece. If you choose to get the unpainted version like the one I have, you will see some scuff marks and other imperfections all over the surface which I find give it a unique hand-made and “tougher” look.
The only thing I wished this stove had was either a fixed or removable grill inside which I could use to cook food. Of course, you can still cook hotdogs and other food as long as you have the proper utensils and holders to place them over the fire. Other than that, this stove makes a great outdoor accessory that you should definitely check out!