from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a receptacle fitted beneath the grate in which ashes collect and are removed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pan under the grate of a boiler or other fire, into which ashes and clinker may fall and be caught when the fire is sliced or the fireplace cleaned.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a receptacle fitted beneath the grate in which ashes collect and are removed
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Then suddenly there arose in his mind an extremely vivid picture of a prisoner with black, slightly-squinting eyes, and how she began to cry when the last words of the prisoners had been heard; and he hurriedly put out his cigarette, pressing it into the ash-pan, lit another, and began pacing up and down the room.
The fire had almost died and Morgana added fuel, shaking out the ash-pan to allow air to the flames.
When, at last, the waters had grown calm, and Stevenson was able again to visit the rock, he found that the force of the sea had removed six immense blocks of granite twelve or fifteen paces off; and in the smith's forge the ash-pan, though it had a heavy cast-iron back, had been washed away, and was found on the opposite side of the rock.
The principal parts of such a stove, which is commonly referred to as a _cook stove_, or range, are the firebox _a_; the grate _b_; the ash pit _c_, which usually contains an ash-pan _d_; the oven _e_; the dampers _f_, _g_,
The ash-pan should be kept as nearly empty as possible, for a full ash-pan will check the draft and cause the grate in the firebox to burn out.
The grate is usually so constructed that when the fire is raked it permits burnt coal or ashes to fall into the ash-pan, by means of which they can be readily removed from the stove.
And during the long winter evenings when the farmer shoved another stick into the stove it was natural for him to ask himself questions while he stood in front of it and let the paring from another Ontario apple dangle into the ash-pan.
Such explosions do often take place through negligence; but they amount simply to a puff of gas, driving smoke out through the ash-pan dampers, without any disagreeably loud report.
This is all prevented by adhering to the following simple rules: First clear the spray nozzle of water by letting a small quantity of steam blow through, with the ash-pan doors open; at the same time start the blower in the chimney for a few seconds, and the gas, if any, will be immediately drawn up the chimney.
The spray immediately coming in contact with the hot chamber ignites without any audible explosion; and the ash-pan doors are finally opened, when considerable power is required, or when the air otherwise admitted is not sufficient to support complete combustion.