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Author Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
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Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
Posted: 07/11/2019 11:57:28
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Out of curiosity.

Does the candlestick chimney still vent mine gases or has it been capped/replaced with a more modern alternative?

There is a story that it caught fire in the 1990s due to lightning.

Thanks in advance.

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Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
Posted: 08/11/2019 22:15:15
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It still vents. The venting is "modern" dating from when No.3 shaft was capped in 1969. A valved pipe was laid from below the cap to the boiler flue drift at the chimney base. IP: 81.131.243.3
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Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
Posted: 11/11/2019 11:28:34
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Thanks very much, I thought it might be something like that but wasn't sure. Definitely an unusual feature and interesting that it still serves a purpose.

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Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
Posted: 11/11/2019 14:45:56
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So the shaft under it is still there but capped? IP: 109.153.110.160
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Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
Posted: 11/11/2019 17:00:28
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Yes, No. 3 shaft was not filled, only capped, as it was chosen to be the vent point following the re-organisation after Lowca closed in 1968. It's 12 feet diameter and about 620 feet to the Main Band horizon. As it was sunk on the site of the original boiler house it was just as easy - and more aesthetically pleasing - to lead the vent pipe into the flue drift than put a big green pipe on top of the shaft. IP: 81.131.243.3
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Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
Posted: 12/11/2019 09:07:02
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I was told about it catching fire by the guys in the now closed (?) Haig mining museum. The fire brigade had to hose down the outside of the stack to stop it crumbling with the heat.

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Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
Posted: 12/11/2019 13:40:01
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a Roman Candlestick Chimney Shocked

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Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
Posted: 12/11/2019 15:35:12
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They were only hosing down the outside because most of the water didn't reach the topWink

Seems there was some confusion when the chimney passed from NCB to the council. Either someone forgot to explain the set up or it wasn't fully taken in by them. As when it fired a couple of times previously the simple solution was just to close the valve under the plate on the cap until the flames died off, wait a few hours then reopen it.

I don't know what will happen when, or even if, it fires again as, according to someone " in the know" the valve is reputedly seized. Against this he says the emissions here and at the other associated vents are much lower nowadays.
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