The smoke cabin is named according to the way in which it was heated. Stones were piled up to form an open oven, but at this time chimneys were still unheard of, an therefore all the smoke came in when the ovens were heated. There was an outlet for the smoke near the ceiling, on the wall.
Depending on the height of the intermediary ceiling and the oven top, the smoke concentrated on the room at a certain level, and in this particular smoke cabin at about one metre from the floor. In the winter, when warm clothing could be very scarce in supply, inhabitants would either sit or lie down on the floor to wait for the cabin to be heated and for the smoke to lift.