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Shichirin, teppanyaki, and hibachi are all traditional Japanese grilling methods, each with its unique characteristics and materials used in their construction. Let's explore the differences between them, including the materials typically used for each type of grill.

  1. Shichirin: Shichirin refers to a small, portable charcoal grill traditionally used in Japan. It can be made of various materials, including ceramic, clay, or metal. Ceramic and clay shichirin grills are renowned for their exceptional heat retention and even distribution. These materials allow for efficient charcoal burning and impart a distinct smoky flavor to the grilled food. Metal shichirin grills, on the other hand, are often chosen for their durability and portability, making them ideal for outdoor cooking adventures.

  2. Teppanyaki: Teppanyaki grills are known for their large, flat iron griddles, which provide a spacious cooking surface for grilling. The griddle is typically made of stainless steel, which offers excellent heat conduction and retention. Stainless steel is also easy to clean and maintain, making it a practical choice for teppanyaki grills found in restaurants. The thick and sturdy construction of the griddle ensures even heat distribution, allowing chefs to cook ingredients evenly and achieve desired sear marks.

  1. Hibachi: Hibachi grills have evolved from traditional Japanese heating devices into tabletop grills. They can be made of different materials, including cast iron, stainless steel, and diatomaceous earth. Cast iron hibachi grills are favored for their exceptional heat retention, which allows for consistent cooking temperatures. Stainless steel hibachi grills offer durability, resistance to rust, and easy maintenance. Diatomaceous earth hibachi grills, often referred to as "hibachi konro," are made from a porous sedimentary rock material known as diatomaceous earth. This material has excellent insulation properties, providing efficient heat retention and preventing heat transfer to the outer surface of the grill.

The choice of materials for each type of grill is influenced by factors such as heat retention, durability, portability, and cooking performance. While traditional materials like ceramic, clay, cast iron, and stainless steel are commonly used, innovations and variations in design have led to the use of other materials as well. These traditional Japanese grilling methods, with their distinctive materials and construction, continue to capture the attention of grilling enthusiasts and culinary conno

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In 2020 the first contacts were made in Japan and since then is the largest webshop for Japanese konro grills, konro grills from other countries, konro accessories and Japanese specialties. Our assortment continues to grow because you will see this form of BBQ a lot in the coming years in the gastronomy and home cook. During a buying trip to Japan in 2019, Darrin discovered new Hibachi suppliers, leading to Setamono's largest range of Hibachi grills and accessories now available in Africa. Setamono takes pride in being a supplier of Hibachis and accessories to Masterchef, showcasing their commitment to providing high-quality products.

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Designed and manufactured in the UK we are delighted to introduce our updated version of the Little Kasai Konro Grill. Our Konro style grills are based on the world famous Japanese design and really elevate things to the next level when grilling meats, fish, vegetables or finishing a sous vide cooked dish. Offering a stylish brushed stainless steel finish, floating feet and handles, natural sustainable mineral tiles the Kasai range of grills are perfect for home use and the rigours of a commercial kitchen. We always recommend to use our Kasai range with Binchotan charcoal due to its long burning properties and its ability to seal in natural flavours without imparting any other aromas.

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