News

  • What is the rod?

    Even though in the majority of cases there is no need for a front spark screen, some folks asked for it. So we added the 1/4" rod that spans the top opening of the box. It is designed such that a standard fireplace mesh screen can be threaded onto the rod and hang in front of the fire. Email me for the link to Amazon for the exact screen we designed around.

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  • About that rusted finish

    Before we ship your Box, we treat it with a vinegar mix that starts the rusting process. When you burn it for the first few burns, the steel continues to react and "cure". Sometimes it will show a bright orange rust on the back, and to a lesser degree on the front and top. Be assured that with a little time and exposure, the whole box will mature to a dark brown, consistent and "hard" finish. The more it gets exposed to the elements, the quicker it will mature.

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  • Burn the small stuff

    After much experience, we can advise that the best fires are built with the smaller logs in your pile. Split firewood that is seasoned (old and dry) makes the best looking and most efficient fire. Use the thinnest pieces to start your fire, and keep adding the thinnest pieces as you go. It works best that way. Once you have a respectable coal bed, the bigger pieces will burn better. Collect the small branches that are piled up in the neighborhood or stand of trees nearby... They burn the best and are free!

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  • An overdue update

    Wow… been a while since we have updated! Many thanks to all our customers for their support since we launched. As of August 2015, we have shipped Boxes to 29 different states, Canada and… a beach house in Abu Dhabi… ( actually, that Box was sent to New York City and the new owner transported to his beach house). We have also received inquiries from all over the world…regrettably, shipping costs are such that we can't ship outside of the continental US and Canada… but the attention is flattering. We are working on a version that we can ship unassembled...

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  • The Chimney Box throws more heat!

    We did a controlled study for a prospective partner to prove that The Chimney Box throws more heat than the typical firebowl. They set the rules and we performed the test using a fluke meter, which is a laser thermometer. We placed a sheet of an organic substrate vertically at equal distances from each fire, and tested the radiant heat from each appliance at different time intervals. We used the same amount of wood from the same cord ( all seasoned oak) and the fires were burned simultaneously ( so the same external factors on each).   Bottom line: after...

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  • A very nice setting...

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  • The best time of year for an outdoor fire

    I was visiting with a friend who observed that folks think about outdoor fires and fire appliances when it gets cold outside. I have found that to be true… but misguided. Our minds have pictures of sitting around the firepit when there is snow on the ground, like a scene from a Christmas card of old. But in reality, when it is that cold out, nobody wants to sit outside unless they have to...    The best time to enjoy an outdoor fire is when the temperature is above 40, all the way up to 60 or 65 degrees…that is...

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  • And another thing….

    The Chimney Box was designed to throw a lot of heat without burning your whole pile of wood in one night! I was reminded of this when I got a message from someone last night who jammed the Box with 8 big logs right from the start ( I think some cocktails were involved). He texted me and said "this thing is just smoking and aint throwing any heat". Your Chimney Box is designed to start well with 3 or 4 split and seasoned logs. The heat that gets thrown from 3 logs burning well will surprise you… and you...

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  • And turn the back into the wind!

    Lets face it, some days and nights are too windy for an outdoor fire. But The Chimney Box handles wind better than anything we have seen. Because of its unique triangular shape, the user can control smoke better by TURNING THE BACK OF THE BOX INTO THE WIND. The wheels allow you to do this easily, and the stay cool handle allows this move while the fire is burning! We thought of everything! This is especially handy if you have already committed to a fire and THEN the wind picks up. Wind blowing into the face of an open fire is...

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  • Gotta burn SEASONED wood!

    I was at a party this weekend with a proud new owner of a Chimney Box. They were all excited about showing off their Box. They went to one of the convenience stores and purchased a bundle of wood wrapped in plastic. When they tried to get the fire going, all it would do is smoke...even after they had a bed of coals from some split firewood, the "unseasoned" convenience store wood never really caught fire and would only smolder and smoke.    It is SUPER IMPORTANT to pick the right wood for your Chimney Box. First, you should always...

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