1) A dish which could be filled with burning charcoal, so that plates of food might be cooked gently or kept hot.
1520 a new chafyng dysshe of laten, Mount Grace
1535 Item iij Shalfing dishes, iijs, Stillingfleet
1554 a cobord, a laver, a chawfyndyshe, South Cave
1606 a chafindishe of brasse, Timble
1642 Sette your chafinge dish of coals into one of your bowles, Elmswell
1700 saw John Walker blowing a fire made of Coal Charcoal, on a chafen dish, Wakefield.