One simple way to dress up the exterior of your home is with an affordable, easy to install chimney pot. The tapered terra cotta pots, which were designed to improve draft, have been crowning residential smokestacks in America since the 19th century. Today, there are hundreds of shapes, styles, and sizes to choose from, and both new and antique chimney pots are easy to come by.
For durability, it’s hard to beat terra cotta pots; they can withstand the extreme heat of a chimney fire and can literally last for centuries. And unlike metal caps, ceramic doesn’t attract lightning. Installation requires only a few hours, a bag of mortar and some basic skills and tools. Prices start around $350, so they’re an affordable investment for most homeowners. As a bonus, your chimney pots may even stop your fireplace from belching smoke into your living room.
In a contest of great building product nomenclature, chimney pots are the clear winner. Names are typically drawn from shape, region of origin, or both. Shown here are the Leeds Three Bowl, the Cannon Barrel and the Halifax Tulip Top Windguard. With names like these, chimney pots are almost as much fun to talk about as they are to look at.