A coal scuttle
, sometimes spelled coalscuttle
and also called a hod
, is a bucket
for holding a small, intermediate supply of coal
convenient to an indoor coal-fired stove or heater. It is usually made of metal and shaped like a vertical cylinder
or truncated cone
, with the open top slanted for pouring coal on a fire. It may have one or two handles. Homes that don't use coal sometimes use a coal scuttle decoratively.
The word scuttle comes, via Middle English and Old English, from the Latin word Scutlla, meaning a shallow pan.