Solar chimneys are available in two sizes. The large chimney
is 10-1/4" high, the top-outside diameter is 1-5/16",
and the diameter at the bottom is 2-1/8". The flair diameter
measures 2-13/32". The small chimney is 8-3/8" high,
the top outside- diameter is 1-3/8", and the diameter at
the bottom is 1-13/16". The flair diameter measures 2-1/16".
These sizes seem to be fairly standard but if you should need
a chimney with custom dimensions please call for a quotation.
The top and bottom edges are fire polished to reduce the chance
of chipping in these vulnerable areas and the chimneys are made
using Pyrex glass to minimize the risk of breakage when they
are used with oil-burning lamps.
||Solar Chimney - large
||Solar Chimney - small
This shade was designed to be used on lamps that had a
chimney holder that did not accommodate a shade. It is a nice
alternative to be used on more stylish lamps that might benefit
from a more fashionable chimney. The fitter is identical in size
to that of the Argand chimneys and the chimney/shade can be furnished
with a custom height to suit your needs. The shade on the lamp
above measures 8 in height; the photo below shows both
the 8 shade as well as a 7 shade. The profile of
this shade was copied from the chimney on the lamp on page 179
in 19th Century Elegant Lighting by Gerald T. Gowitt.
||Argand Chimney/Shade, specify height
Separate Prison, Tasmania, Australia
This chimney and shade were developed for use on one of
two custom designed hanging fixtures that I made for the restoration
of the Separate Prison located at the Port Arthur Historic Site
in Tasmania, Australia. Three sketches of the Prison's interior
that were drawn in the period along with surviving documents
that are in the Site's archives were used to develop the various
lighting fixtures. Enlarging and tweaking the photo of one of
the sketches yielded an image of the chimney as it has been reproduced
and is pictured here. The shape of this chimney is similar to
that of the Chimney/shade with the exception of the diameter
and height of the portion above the bulge.
The fitter of this chimney is 2-5/8 inches and can be re-sized
to fit your holder. The diameter of the bulge is 3 inches and
the height as pictured is 10 inches . The bulge can be frosted
and the height can be adjusted to meet your requirements.
for more information & images about the Separate Prison..
||Argand 'Separate Prison' Chimney - outside
||Argand 'Separate Prison' Chimney - clear bulge
There has been a demand for reproduction chimneys that
can be used without fear of them cracking due to heat shock when
lamps are burned. Chimneys that are made from borosilicate glass
which is most commonly known as Pyrex glass can be made to fit
your needs. These chimneys will withstand the stresses of heat
shock and can be safely used.
The photograph above pictures an original period chimney
at the left. The client requested chimneys based on this profile
to fit two different burners; the chimneys to the right are the
Cost depends upon a number of factors such as size, the
number required, the complexity of the profile, and the amount
of time needed to prepare the necessary information that is needed
by the glassblower. In many instances the glassblower will have
to have the burner(s) on hand so that he can fine-tune the fit
of the chimney to the burner. Please get in touch for more information.
Terms for glassware:
Full payment must be received for the total order including
packing, insurance, and shipping prior to shipping. Chimneys
are stock items; shades that are not in stock at the time an
order is placed are considered to be special orders. Shades and
chimneys made to your specifications are considered as special
orders. Special orders require a non-refundable 10% deposit at
the time the order is placed. You will be notified when a second
non-refundable deposit of 40% will be due - this date will coincide
with the date your order will be scheduled to be made; this payment
must be received within 7 days of receipt of the notice. The
remaining 50% plus packing, insurance, and shipping is due within
30 days of payment of the second deposit and before the order
is shipped. Returns are subject to a 50% re-stocking charge;
packing, insurance, and shipping charges are not refunded. Deposits
are forfeited if any of these terms are not met. A $35 fee will
be charged if any payments are returned for insufficient funds
or other reasons.