The Top 10 Tallest Chimneys in the World

The Top 10 Tallest Chimneys in the World
The Top 10 Tallest Chimneys in the World

What makes a Chimney a Chimney? There are many kinds of Chimney from manor homes to industrial facilities that could be classed as tall, but these ten you are about to see are mostly part of a thermal vent that is often attached to coal-fired power stations. While that might sound a little boring it is their height that will amaze you…


The Top 10 Tallest Chimneys in the World


 

Lead Smelter Chimney of American Smelting and Refining Co, El Paso, Texas, USA
Lead Smelter Chimney of American Smelting and Refining Co, El Paso, Texas, USA

10 – Lead Smelter Chimney of American Smelting and Refining Co, El Paso, Texas, USA (Approximate Height: 600 ft)

In 1951 this was a tall beast that rose from the ground to the sky. But just 3 years later it was reduced in size and then finally demolished in 2013

Lead Smelter Chimney of American Smelting and Refining Co, Selby, California, USA
Lead Smelter Chimney of American Smelting and Refining Co, Selby, California, USA

9 – Lead Smelter Chimney of American Smelting and Refining Co, Selby, California, USA (Approximate Height: 606 ft)

Being built in 1937 means this lead chimney was never going to still be going. It was demolished on 1972 so it did have a long life.

INCO Copper Cliff Nickel Refinery Stack, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
INCO Copper Cliff Nickel Refinery Stack, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

8 – INCO Copper Cliff Nickel Refinery Stack, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (Approximate Height: 637 ft)

While it was built in 1954 this chimney is still going strong today. Shorter than it originally was, but still going!

Chimney of Schilling Power Station, Stade, Germany
Chimney of Schilling Power Station, Stade, Germany

7 – Chimney of Schilling Power Station, Stade, Germany (Approximate Height: 722 ft)

It lived from 1962 all the way till 2006 and was a brick beast that was often seen as a monument to industrial success.

Chimney of Kashira Power Plant, Kashira, Russia
Chimney of Kashira Power Plant, Kashira, Russia

6 – Chimney of Kashira Power Plant, Kashira, Russia (Approximate Height: 820 ft)

When it was built in 1966 is stood at a very proud 820 ft tall. But less than a year later it was sadly lowered.

Chimney of American Smelting and Refining Co, El Paso, Texas, USA
Chimney of American Smelting and Refining Co, El Paso, Texas, USA

5 – Chimney of American Smelting and Refining Co, El Paso, Texas, USA (Approximate Height: 828 ft)

Built in 1967 it was also made shorter in the same year! But it was also demolished in 2006. Such a shame as it was a beast.

Chimney of Lippendorf Power Station, Neukieritzsch, Germany
Chimney of Lippendorf Power Station, Neukieritzsch, Germany

4 – Chimney of Lippendorf Power Station, Neukieritzsch, Germany (Approximate Height: 984 ft)

This tall stacker was built way back in 1967 but was sadly demolished in 2005 in an epic falling demolition style.

Chimney of Mitchell Power Plant, Moundsville, West Virginia, USA
Chimney of Mitchell Power Plant, Moundsville, West Virginia, USA

3 – Chimney of Mitchell Power Plant, Moundsville, West Virginia, USA (Approximate Height: 1206 ft)

This is sadly yet another chimney that has been made shorter over the years. But when it was first built in 1968 it was a monstrous 1206 ft.

Inco Superstack, Copper Cliff, Ontario, Canada
Inco Superstack, Copper Cliff, Ontario, Canada

2 – Inco Superstack, Copper Cliff, Ontario, Canada (Approximate Height: 1247 ft)

This giant chimney was built way back in 1971, but sadly it was made shorter in 1987. But 1247 ft was it’s peeking.

GRES-2 Power Station, Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan
GRES-2 Power Station, Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan

1 – GRES-2 Power Station, Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan (Approximate Height: 1377 ft)

Built in 1987 it took less than a single year to build and is still standing today.