European Copper chimney pots were inspired and invented to provide an architecturally pleasing option to the traditional wire mesh and plate usually found on chimneys. Jack Arnold, architect and creator of these chimney pots, wanted more than design; he also wanted them to function correctly, providing the highest level of safety for a chimney.
“Jack wanted the best-looking product and best detail in the marketplace, but also the safest product. We started with testings and approvals. When we went through our testing, we built a product that is hurricane-proof on a structure and can withstand winds up to 140 mph, 10-ft. snowload, and 1,800 degrees,” says Patrick Keegan, president of the Tulsa, Okla.-based company.
The company offers three styles — round, square and octagonal — in seven sizes. “The seven sizes fit about any size home. There may be a unique size we won’t fit but we don’t do custom products for safety reasons,” Keegan says. Custom products are not available because the company wants each product to meet safety standards.
Not all products are copper as implied by the company’s name. The Freedom Gray line introduced during summer 2011 looks like pewter. “It is 90 percent copper but coated in a tin/zinc mix,” Keegan adds. “Within the next few weeks, we will be introducing Chimney Classics by Jack Arnold. This line is made out of steel but is powder-coated with high-temperature UV paint. All products are made in America.” In addition, the company will soon be launching a contemporary line of chimney products.
The lead time is usually one or two weeks because the company has most products on hand. A few considerations must be made when choosing a European Copper chimney pot. “There is a scale on the inside of our brochure that determines the size of product to use. For example, how high off the ground will it be — one-, two- or three-story house?” Keegan says.
European Copper chimney pots were designed with easy installation in mind, Keegan says. They can be installed by any trade professional; however, the company discourages homeowners from installing them.
For more information on European Copper chimney pots, visit europeancopperchimneypots.com or circle 118. — Maureen Alley