Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A coal stove with a hopper that automatically replenishes itself from above as lower layers of fuel are consumed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of stove that automatically re-adds coal, when needed, to the base using a hopper.

Etymologies

base +‎ burner (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The boys established themselves on the couch back of the baseburner.

    Lydia of the Pines

  • In the sitting room, around the baseburner stove, were three persons -- Captain Cy, Bos'n, and Phoebe.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

  • Austen and Sir Roger de Coverley and the knitting of pale-blue tea cosies are all of life -- who like mild twilight with the children singing hymns at the piano and the husband coming home to find his slippers set up against the baseburner.

    A Hoosier Chronicle

  • Everything about her house is modern " hand-painted china, souvenirs from the Columbian Exposition, beaded portieres, shining baseburner stoves, gas lights, a telephone on the wall.

    The Worlds Of Robert A Heinlein

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