Who the heck is HOOGA?

Who the heck is HOOGA?

Our first moveable outdoor fireplace was a beaten up old grass catcher purchased at the recycling depot for just a couple of dollars.

Mounted on a stack of bricks, this simple device kept us warm outdoors during the southern New Zealand winter of 2011.

But it was only 18 inches wide, it didn’t have a chimney and we soon got sick of retiring to bed smelling of charred manuka. So we started thinking about something bigger and better.
Calling on some amateur technical drawing skills, a shed load of enthusiasm and a helpful dose of wisdom from a retired chimney sweep, we set about building a serious moveable outdoor fireplace that would endure in the kiwi back yard.
Calling on some amateur technical drawing skills, a shed load of enthusiasm and a helpful dose of wisdom from a retired chimney sweep, we set about building a serious moveable outdoor fireplace that would endure in the kiwi back yard.

Why on earth did we call it a HOOGA?

There’s no brilliant reason for this, but as luck would have it we stumbled upon a Norwegian word – ‘hygge’ – which is pronounced HOOGA and means ‘cosy’ but has come to reflect a certain style and an attitude for living. Perfect, we’ll take it.

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Building an outdoor fire that works in the unpredictable circumstances of a kiwi back yard requires a perfect balance of dimension, angle, chimney size and placement.