The Bavli, Shabas 37 amud 1, wonders about the permissibility of placing a pot of food adjacent to a stove-oven (rather than atop or in it).

איבעיא להו מהו לסמוך בה תוכה וגבה אסור אבל לסמוך בה שפיר דמי או דילמא לא שנא

Rashi explains the question:

מהו לסמוך. קדרה אצל דופן הכירה בלא גרופה שהכירה מטלטלת היא ומושיבים אותה על גבי קרקע׃

…For a stove-oven is moveable, and they would seat it on the ground.

Huh? Why is Rashi telling us, here, that a stove-oven is moveable and that they would seat it on the ground? What does this have to do with the question of abutting a pot to the stove-oven? (Note that this is not the first time a stove-oven is mentioned, so Rashi is not describing it just for our general understanding of how it was used.)

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