Smoke stack "crown"?

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  1. JakeofAllTrades

    JakeofAllTrades New Member

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    This is an embarrassingly basic question, but what do you call those pointed, crown-shaped things that typically top the stacks of earlier engines and steamboats? Also, did they serve any non-aesthetic purpose? Thanks!
  2. radar

    radar Member

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    Spark arrestor name says it all
  3. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

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    Are you speaking of the fancy decorative caps on the stack or the big ballon spark arrestors?
  4. JakeofAllTrades

    JakeofAllTrades New Member

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    Hmm, I'm not sure we're talking about the same thing. I did some 'net research and spark arrestors seem to be mesh dome things. I'm talking about like what appears atop Stephenson's Rocket.

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    Yes, Jim, I mean the former. Is there a name for those?
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  5. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

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    You got me on the name. I know what you mean but I think they were strictly decorative. Stephenson was English so the crown was pretty important in the 1800's.
  6. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

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    I think they put the crown on the smokestacks to keep the birds from perching on the tops
    and turning the black smokestacks white!!
  7. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

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    :) it was a simple way to catch the cinders back when they burned a lot of wood. The true name of the cone is the Cinder Catcher Smoke Stack.

    That was simple. :)
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    cidchase Active Member

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    I saw one site where the points on the stack were referred to as "feathers". :D

    They probably were mainly decorative, but I still like the "guano theory" best!!