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For about 3 months now, the chimney stack at Hawksley has stood out like an errant urchin defiantley shouting at everyone from miles around…

…i thought the height of that stack would prod people into making their own chimneys in the industrial sites of NB taller.. but it didnt, so im here to present my case.

The Hawksley Pump House stack looks big, but its to scale…

You might all be thinking “Thats tooooo tall!” but look at this…

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Wood carve print, London, 1890

The average height of those chimneys, most of which was felled by the infamous Fred Dibnah by the 1960’s was 70 to 80m tall.  The stack at Hawksley is just over 70m tall.  By the time 1900 rolled in stacks of over 150m tall was being built.

Chimneys aint held together by the mortar, they are held together by gravity…tons, and tons of brick pressing down on each other.  By the time Fred Dibnah felled a lot of those old 1890 and 1910 stacks the mortar was so loose he could take a hammer to it and chunks of the stuff would crumble into dust.

So, do you have an industrial building?

Have you got a big boiler driving machinery somewhere?

Take your existing chimney stack and stretch it up by about 20 to 30m…it will make a massive diffference to the skyline of New Babbage!

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  1. Nathaniel Lorefield Nathaniel Lorefield January 7, 2013

    I dunno if every factory in NB needs a massive chimney, but I do agree that a few taller ones would add to the skyline. Don’t want it lookin’ like a bloomin’ forest, do we?

    • Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin January 7, 2013

      Not sure about that, many writers used the image of a dark forest when describing British industrial cities…..

  2. Kimika Ying Kimika Ying January 8, 2013

    It puts the smoke higher above our streets and helps make the city clean-er-ish. 

    “A fast moving column of hot air.  That’s….energy.  Hmmm……” *pulls out a notebook*


  3. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk January 8, 2013

    I don’t think there is such a thing as too. many chims looming up in the sky in this town. now can you get from north to south without touching the ground?

  4. Mack Blackwell Mack Blackwell January 15, 2013

    Having visited one of our neighbors in the steamlands I would like to recant any and all questioning reserve with regard to the chimneys. I vote in favor.

    /me is reacting to the absence of soot and wants to go home.

      • Victor1st Mornington Victor1st Mornington January 15, 2013

        …and it also keeps the more heavier laden soot smoke away from windows, instead of having to clean them every day, you only need to clean them every two days…

      • Bookworm Hienrichs Bookworm Hienrichs January 15, 2013

        Heh. Head over to Beijing right now, and your lungs will gain super-strength. *wry grin*

  5. Blackberry Harvey Blackberry Harvey January 15, 2013

    I’m upgrading from 2 to 3 stacks, and that’s just for a cafe! 

  6. Cadmus Lupindo Cadmus Lupindo January 16, 2013

    Rising to Victor’s challenge Ahab’s smoke stake has been upgraded.

    The stack was 39.2 meters. The stack is now 61.25 meters.



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