Shichirin 七輪

Shichirin is a portable cylindrical grill that uses charcoal (preferably bichotan charcoal) as its fuel. It was invented since ancient times but it is still widely available in restaurants all over Japan and in many households to this day because it is compact, lightweight, efficient, and that the body of the grill does not turn too hot during use. Shichirin literally translates to 7 wheels. The number 7 (or shichi) comes from the fact that it took very little money – only 7 rin (a currency used in ancient Japan) – to cook a full meal for the whole family. While “rin” in shichirin translates directly to a round stove.

七輪(陶瓷燒烤爐)是一個可移動的裝置,由於體型細小,可搬到室內或室外,亦因為製作時加入矽藻土(硅藻土),矽藻土是一種很特別的天然物料,備有保溫吸濕的作用,而且熔點很高令炭火燃燒時不會產生有害煙霧,因此很適合於室內使用。現在很多裝修工程亦會加入矽藻土,可以令牆身吸聲吸濕預防有毒物質。
為何稱作七輪有幾種說法,其一是爐身設計令少量的木炭已足夠燒一頓飯吃,七是七厘的伸延,厘是古時的幣值,意思是不足一錢就夠用啦,而日語的「七厘」和「七輪」的發音是一樣的,這個烤爐亦包含省錢省時的智慧。

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