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This Steel Chiminea was designed to be a statement piece in a new restaurant. We designed it out of 12ga Hot Rolled Steel which sounds thin (just under 1/8") but will easily handle a strong fire. Better yet, the intended use of the chiminea is to smolder Pinion Wood, which makes an amazing smell to help set the ambiance of the outdoor seating area.

Step 1: Plasma Cutting

Picture of Plasma Cutting

We used a plasma cutting CNC table to cut out our parts, but this would be pretty easy to do with just a grinder as all the lines are straight and reference off of other parts of the build. In fact I've included FREE DXF cutting files and hand cutting plans here.

Plasma cutting is somewhat like laser cutting except not as 100% accurate and uses Ionized compressed gas (plasma) to heat and cut the steel rather than focused light.

After each piece was cut, my helper ground off any cutting dross (like tearout on a tablesaw) with a grinder using a wire wheel and flap disk.

seamster2 months ago
I really like it. I could see myself making a smaller version for my own backyard at some point. Thanks for sharing this great, simple design!
42Fab (author)  seamster1 month ago
If you could buy all the parts cut and ready to weld, what would that be worth to you for a 22" tall model? A 40" tall model? I'm considering offering a kit. Thanks for your insight!
seamster 42Fab1 month ago
Personally, I'd opt to build it from scratch. However, if someone approached me and asked for a kit of completed parts that they could just weld together . . I'd quote them the cost of the metal plus $50 an hour for my time and consumables.
slyght2 months ago
awesome project. just curious, what is the weight on this thing?
42Fab (author)  slyght1 month ago
Somewhere around 180lbs
lukee19861 month ago
did it work u didnt show it working
Robert_cole2 months ago
nice and very Good desigin!
realmccormick2 months ago
Nice, modern design for the backyard!
Aussie582 months ago
Love it!
And good fun!
Would be interesting to make it with one 'really big' piece of metal and fold it so there is only a single seam weld at the back. Just kidding :-)
provadance2 months ago
"It was very convenient that my helper could stand inside it while we tacked in the last piece."

So, was he able to wriggle out, or is he still in there???
AnandM542 months ago
Really huge one..... Nice work!!