[Tagging] Wilderness huts

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Mon Mar 31 16:08:45 UTC 2014

Yes, thanks Martin, I forgot to "Reply to All"

I'm glad to hear your explanation. What was possibly meant was "a place to
have fire" and not our American formal "fireplace". The cabins I'm familiar
with have a small wood stove, which is a metal box with a tight fitting
door and air vents to control burning rate. Many Alaskan family homes have
these too, especially if situated near a decent supply of fire wood.

On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:36 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com
> wrote:

> 2014-03-31 13:28 GMT+02:00 Dave Swarthout <daveswarthout at gmail.com>:
> I think you're right in saying some of these huts might only have a
>> "circle of stones" for a fire but the definition in use now uses the term
>> fireplace so your example has already been excluded.
> posting to the ML because I think private mail was not on purpose.
> I see this now (from wikipedia.en). Actually being German I got caught by
> a false friend and my guess is that who wrote the wiki might as well have
> fallen into this trap. In German the word is "Feuerstelle" (literally "fire
> place") but it would translate mostly into fire pit I guess. Problem is
> that common dictionaries give as well the term "fireplace", this because
> "Feuerstelle" can also have different, more generic meanings (spot inside a
> house to make fire, i.e. a fireside, fireplace but also a cooker or stove
> or even "kitchen"). These are very ancient words from the childhood of
> civilization, which have been in continuous use until now, with continuous
> alignment of the meaning. I'd like to hear from other users if maybe this
> "fireplace" requirement was always intended as a spot to light fire, or if
> the requirement for a structure was set up on purpose.
> cheers,
> Martin

Dave Swarthout
Homer, Alaska
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Travel Blog at http://dswarthout.blogspot.com
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