A burner is a metal or ceramic cylinder, open at the top and perforated with air holes along the sides, often with sliding vents to open or close these apertures as the fire inside requires. A burner is used to burn fuel pellets at night without giving off light that would reveal the user's position to unfriendly eyes in the wide, empty desert lands. In places where charcoal is a popular fuel, burners are made of heavier-gauge metal. Lit coals can be banked with ashes and kept hot, either for later ignition or simply so the burner can serve as an improvised radiant heater.
- People of the Sands
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