Chimineas (chim-in-ee-as) or Chimeneas (chim-in-ay-as). There are several ways to spell and pronounce the name, but they all refer to the same thing. A Mexican, clay, outdoor fireplace.
Chimineas were originally used indoors to take the chill out of the air during the evening hours. In the morning bread was cooked over the hot coals. Some form of Chiminea has been used by many cultures around the world.
The exact date and origin is not known. However, in one form or another, clay fireplaces have been around for hundreds of years and they are the most durable and safest.