When chimney pots came into use in the 14th Century, their main purpose was to improve the draft of the
then-prevalent coal fires used for cooking and household heating, thus removing coal fumes from the home. Fumes from coal fires are quite unpleasant, so improving the quality of the
air improved the quality of life.
Chimney pots were very popular in England around the midpoint of the 19th Century, when builders began to use
them decoratively. Some of the most complex and ornate designs appeared in the Victorian Era. As working class neighborhoods developed in the U.S., chimney pots found their
way here to make coal-fired heating systems more efficient and user friendly.
When oil and gas-fired heating systems were developed, however, interest in these pots for chimneys faded
away. Many were discarded and many more fell into disrepair. They were rarely used for decades.
Almost all chimney pots were made of clay until recently. Now, stainless steel and copper chimney caps
They are much lighter than clay ones.
The copper ones are much easier to install than clay ones.
Metal pots can survive events that would shatter clay ones, such as limbs blown against
These metal pots need no maintenance.
The metal pots come with lifetime warranties.
The European style ones are UL Listed.
Many metal pots can be custom made to any dimensions.
Now that architects and builders of upscale home have re-discovered chimney pots, demand is surging.
While earlier clay pots for chimneys were just a vertical tube, modern ones have roofs to keep the rain out and wire screens to keep our bats, birds, and beasts. Traditional and
modern designs are available. Today they are both functional and decorative.
Chimney pots add curb appeal to your home and make an architectural statement. They are
often used in pairs on large, rectangular chimneys, as they were throughout Great Britain and Europe centuries ago.
FireplaceMall.com offers a full line of chimney pots in copper and stainless steel. Those labeled
"European Style" come with a patina finish and are UL listed. The Tudor and Provincial ones come in several standard sizes and different finishes. These, like the ones by
Whitecaps, can be custom made to the dimensions our customers specify.
We also offer the world-famous Sandkuhl line of clay chimney pots. Copper pot toppers are also
available to keep rain and animals out of clay pots for chimneys. Please call 888 834 7375 for details.
Any of our chimney pots can be shipped to Canada, Alaska, and Hawaii at
prevailing rates. Just call us at 888 834 7375
to make arrangements. Shipping is FREE to the 48 contiguous U.S. states.