Build your own for less. Mine cost about £45 in total - mortar, bricks & base
Home bargains kiln dried birch is as dry as it comes, might be worth buying some to start things off, after kindling, of course. There's usually a bit of smoke until the chimnea gets up to temperature then it won't be as fussy if you throw the odd bit of wood in that's not seasoned well, Just don't overwhelm the fire with bad wood or those silly chipboard puck thingys.
I wonder if I can turn it into a forge
Brilliant, thanks for the info (y) I've googled it a bit this afternoon and it seems like you need to get a chimnea running hot and use dry wood to keep the smoke down? The area that I'd want to use it in is only 15 to 20 feet from the neighbours back door so I need to keep the smoke down as much as I can, otherwise It'll be down the other end of the garden lol
These make no sense. You will be engulfed in smoke and embers will burn your clothes/ decking. Get a tall chiminea ( or place on bricks/extend chimney). I've tried both and it's no contest.