I'm looking for a sci-fi short story that I read a few years ago in a collection, and which I'm pretty sure was pre-2000. The story focused on a main character whose last name (I think) was "Grenfell". He was a scientist who had access to nuclear devices outside of the government, even though they were outlawed. Throughout the story, he was visited by a friend (who I think was named Jack), who tried to convince him to turn his work over to the government.
By the end of the story, Grenfell had successfully created "The Pit," which was a everburning nuclear fire designed to make humanity never again want to have another nuclear war (I think one had occurred before the story started). I remember that the story ended like this:
That was Grenfell's dream.
I'd really appreciate it if anyone could find this story. Thanks in advance!