a digester furnace with a self-feeding fuel supply contained in a towerlike contrivance, ensuring a constant, durable temperature.
historical examples

the draught affects the furnace—my athanor, as we adepts term it.
auriol w. harrison ainsworth

a, shows an athanor (or digesting furnace) and a couple of digesting vessels.
alchemy: ancient and modern h. stanley redgrove

or athanor, a chemical stove, which works on for a long time without poking.
t-tan: a romance v. 1 (of 2) jean paul friedrich richter

we know of the athanor of the alchemists of the middle ages.
inventions in the century william henry doolittle

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