Chimeneas are reputed to have originated hundreds of years ago as a vessel for cooking and baking as well as heating. They've become very popular in the States and now over here, as attractive garden ornaments as well as practical patio additions.
For something as genuinely Mexican as a Tequila Sunrise or a battered sombrero, our inclement weather may come as a surprise but these classic designs will reliably withstand harsh conditions and use wood as fuel.
Displaying complete authenticity are the chimeneas hand crafted from clay. There's an impressive range including the 'Calida' and the 'Lumbre', and these are both well chosen names as they mean warm and fire in Spanish.
Other examples of traditional style are the El Sol, Campanero and Algeria chimeneas together with the Flower Star which, along with selected others, is available in a range of sizes to best suit the location.
Of similar appearance but constructed from steel with different colour finishes and fired by charcoal or wood are the Leon Bronze Steel Chimenea and Murcia Black Steel Chimenea. Again, there are several sizes from which you can choose.
Towering above them all is the Mega Chimenea with Grill, another which is well named as it stands nearly 7ft tall. Murcia and Arriba chimeneas are two more from this traditional styled collection. They are all extremely durable, easily cleaned and maintained.
If your outdoor ares is highly contemporary, you might want a more modern-looking chiminea to complement your gardens perfection.
Colorado chimeneas, in an assortment of sizes, and the Circo Steel Chimenea with an integral wood store, are striking designs. You may think they resemble rockets made from matt black powder coated steel taking off from the Nevada desert but they will certainly be attention grabbling focal points in anyone's garden.
Some contemporary chimenea have three open sides, inviting patio guests to gather round it, campfire style. The usual matt black paint job is heat resistant, so it will retain a sleek stylish look, even after numerous firings.
Clay chimeneas can come with beautiful sun designs, reminding you of its once Mexican origin, where they love to worship the sun. Others feature complex flowing leaves and tend to be designed in two colours, each softly curving around the other to create a more contemporary feel.