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All,

I'm looking for smoke stacks for my Open Hearth mill.  They don't have to be finished products - ideas for building them or re-purposing something else are welcome.  Here are the requirements:

  • Very tall - in excess of 28" (preferably more or extendable to a longer length)
  • Metal appearance (not brick) and straight (not tapered)
  • Hollow - I will be putting smoke units in these myself.
  • Diameter - 4" or less

NOTE:  I have already considered (and own) Lionel's 6-14142 Industrial Smokestack.  It's smoke output is anemic at best.

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If you have any ideas, please post them here.

Many thanks!!

George

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Bill Bramlage, did an article in OGR magazine about using replacement parts form a vacuum cleaner wand.

Central Vacuum Friction-Fit 19

I found this at think vacuums web site - $7.95 1-1/4" in diameter and 19" tall.  Could stack multiples.  May also find them at a hardware store.  Bill painted his , and added a plastruct ladder and some lights.  Looks very good.



There are many sizes to choose from and you can get pretty imaginative of how you paint it.

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George, consider, a chimney is more than just a straight cylinder.  There is usually a taper commensurate to height, a foundation of sorts and in early 1900's some fancy brick work.  Plus they emit smoke.

Well, I got this from Harry Hieki that is all the above and quite reasonable.  856 625 5506

IMG_0257The track is on an incline, the pictures are straightIMG_0258

It is 20" tall which IMO is a realistic height and will not over power the layout.

IMG_0259It has a smoke unit which fires up nicely

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Harry's chimney is neat. Smokestacks are a visual reminder of the industrial-steam age and yet there's so few available in O-gauge. From my earlier thread, Melgar recommended Altoona Model Works, where I ended up buying the 16" kits. Very nice and heavy models, superb brick detail, good instructions. Maybe he can make taller units, or you could put the 16" behind a building to elevate even higher. For example, this one is sitting level with my industrial buildings, but you could customize a lower portion ~ 12" and wider diameter and install the 16" version one on top (anchor or glue down), to give requisite 28" tall.

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@Tom Tee posted:

George, consider, a chimney is more than just a straight cylinder.  There is usually a taper commensurate to height, a foundation of sorts and in early 1900's some fancy brick work.  Plus they emit smoke.

Well, I got this from Harry Hieki that is all the above and quite reasonable.  856 625 5506

IMG_0257The track is on an incline, the pictures are straightIMG_0258

It is 20" tall which IMO is a realistic height and will not over power the layout.

IMG_0259It has a smoke unit which fires up nicely

Tom,

I appreciate your post, but I am replicating this situation (below).  This is the Weirton Steel Open Hearth.  It had 14 ovens and all stacks were metal and straight (as far as I can tell).

Open Hearth - smokeweirton

I am aware of Hieke's work and it is gorgeous.  However, it's not what I'm looking for.  And the last time I saw one of his stacks at York it was $400.  Ouch.  I think it was very heavily weathered.

Anyway, I appreciate your effort.

George

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