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chimney pot history
Simple Masonry Feature
An extra touch, the cherry on top, the focal point, this is not a chocolate Sunday, it's the clay
chimney pot. I was astonished to see the many varieties available. Until they are pointed out,
everyone forgets to look up. Breathtaking handmade clay defines the elegance of your home
while making the neighbors envy. This simple yet economical masonry feature will boost every
homes property value. Come venture high above the rooftops to see all the various types of
chimney pots among us.
What are chimney pots? Clay chimney pots are terracotta fixtures that mount upon the flue atop a
chimney. The pots can be round, square, octagonal, or rectangular and all have a wide-open
bottom. This hole mounts around the sides of the flue. The myth about chimney pots is they are
only designed for Victorian homes. Take a quick hop over the pond to London and this myth is
debunked as you exit Heathrow airport. Homes, schools, and businesses alike have clay chimney
pots littered upon the roofs. Accessories are very important women have a pocket books, men
have a watch, homes need a clay chimney pot.
Selecting The Pot
Study the top opening of your fireplace in relation to the flue before shopping for your chimney
pot. Top openings of pots can be smaller than the flue liner to reduce draft wind. A typical flue has
an area of 1/10 of the fireplace opening area. The top opening can be reduced to 1/15. Bases of
chimney pots fit over flue liners and should not be smaller than the flue. Other factors such as
house air pressure, chimney construction, and chimney operation must be taken into
consideration before you select your pot.
Old fashioned craftsmanship with an emphasis on quality not quantity sums up Superior Clay.
This Ohio based company is passionate about every detail. They specialize in clay chimney pots
and also make pizza ovens and rumsford fireplaces.
History Of Chimney Pots
The history of chimney pots takes us back to the 13th century. Builders during this era understood
the benefits a top stack could offer. These early chimney stacks had elaborate slits with sides for
smoke. The golden age of brickwork took place in the 16thcentury. The three eras for the pots are
the Tudor period, the victorian period, and the modern revival. The tudor period gave birth to
some of the most intricate brick structures the world has ever seen. These are the chimneys one
would see in a fairy tale. Long orante tubes of girth, grit, and might protrude from many european
buildings. The victorian era gave way to mass production chimney pots. These were still very
beautiful but not as decadent as their predecessors. Oil burners made chimney pots a thing of the
past but in the late 20th century a revival among suburbans homes began.
The Focal Point
Finish your chimney with clean simple lines of a classic chimney pot. Victorian era pots recreate
the feel of time gown by and increase your homes curb appeal. There are over 60 different styles
available to become focal point of your home. The visual partnership between chimney pots and
buildings is a symbiotic relationship. Many homeowners feel a large angular chimney can impact
a strong feeling of stability. Small rounded pots offer a bungalow coziness feel. The antique pots
communicate a great history of the home and hearth while keeping with the desired periods look.
Personal preference will ultimately drive what pot to be selected. Your imagination is the only
Rain guards will mount to almost any style chimney pot. Typically round or octagonal these water
protectors have either a round top or square top opening.
Being a gambling man I bet if you walk around a new development you'll spot a fake chimney. For
the novice this is just another huge appendage dangling left or right from the home. You know
different your an expert now. These drab features can be spotted a mile away. A fake chimney
makes the entire house look cheap. You have the ask the simple question do you want this to be
your house or your home.
Chimney pots require minimal care. The majority will outlast you and I. It is very rare for one to
break while attached to the chimney. However whenever the chimney is swept inspect the mortar
that holds your chimney pot onto the chimney. If cracked or worn, patch with mortar mix to reseat
the chimney pot. Professional Masons are very skilled and can help with a chimney pot fix.
Chimney pots also make great garden planters. They give a unique zest to any garden. If you
decide to install some on your chimney consider ordering more for the garden. You can save on
shipping and be the talk of the town.
Climbing to the top of your roof sounds a bit dangerous and it is. Do not attempt to install a
chimney pot by yourself. Using a professional will cost a lot less in the longrun, they will bring
scaffolding for a safe install. If you do feel like installing a chimney pot make sure not to carry it up
a ladder. These pots are build to last and are heavy. You could easily lose your balance lugging
one up to the roof. Contact me and I will be happy to steer you in the right direction of a proper
Your Home Your Chimney
Love at first sight, the recurring summer dream, you have you have finally found it! Now you are in
a house you can call home. Imagine if the statue of liberty had no torch. The green lady would still
be very mighty but the symbol of liberty, probably not. Will a chimney pot make or break the deal?
Of course not but does the sizzle sell the steak, yes it does.
Roger Valley is a leading historian in the study of flues and masonry. See more of his work at
http://www.chimneypotstore.com you can buy in the united states at