from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A charcoal-furnace in the form of a pit, usually conical in shape. It is filled with wood, which is fired and then covered with earth.
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"Nor I-- he never asked, never once -- only, you know, he gave up his work at the mine, and went back to the charcoal-pit when Ralphie came.