Once an essential part of a builder’s knowledge, the humble chimney was often the highest point of a house.
In these days of electrical or gas-heated houses the chimney has been forgotten in modern house design.
Now that we have used just over half of the available hydrocarbons on planet Earth, the price of gas and electrical heat will, over the next fifty years, climb to unsustainable levels. Will we see a return to the wood stove?
If so the art of chimney building will also need to return.