What's the difference between Hibachi and shichirin?
The Hibachis shibakis are now sold in high-value antiques and made of ceramic materials, which are designed to resemble Chinese porcelain, with paint and intricate decorations on their surfaces.
Today, however, hibachis's shell is made of a metal alloy to improve strength and durability, while the interior is lined with heat-resistant and fire-resistant materials, so it can accommodate overheating charcoal and withstand extremely high temperatures.
Each Hibachi comes with a pair of pliers for you to use when you heat the charcoal inside.
Traditionally, Japanese Hibachi means "Charcoal Grill", which is used to warm houses in cold seasons. But once used as a cooking device, it's called "shichirin.".
In western countries, it is only called Hibachi, because of Shichirins difficulty in pronunciation, so it is generally accepted.
Shichirin is a light and small cooker (weighing about 2-5 pounds), which you can pick up, carry and move to your favorite cooking place.
Shichirin's typical fuel is charcoal, but you can use sawdust particles and charcoal briquettes (consult an expert as the maturity of your food may vary) and may become very hot.
Dating back to the Edo era of Japan 400 years ago, experts said that the preparation method of Hibachis/Shichirins monosodium glutamate has hardly changed, so the modern seven monosodium glutamate is roughly the same as the ancient one.
Shichirin's new design is made of molten diatomite, which is molded to the design style expected by the Hibachi / shichirin manufacturer.
But not all Shichirin are made of this material, because some types of Shichirin are made of ceramics, and there are double-sided and insulating materials between ceramic pieces.
Shichirin's basic design is mostly cylindrical. However, squares and rectangles also exist!
What does shichirin mean?
七輪, or Shichirin is a small portable grill from Japan. This kind of grill has been used in Japan since the Edo era (1603 A.D.). The shichirin grill is made of clay or ceramic.