The Shichirin is as much an event as it is a tool, it allows you and your guests to enjoy a summer barbecue without requiring one to "Man" the grill. the entire process is a social experience. Typically Yakatori/Hibachi/Teppanyaki grills like the Shichirin are limited by fuel source, either high quality Bichotan charcoal which requires they be outside or electricity which limits you to where you have power available BUT does allow cooking indoors. The Shichirin like the rest of the Yakiniku line is made of ceramic with quartz, cordierite and baked at high temperature. The glazed finish on the ceramic ensures that the Shichirin is simple to clean.
The Shichirin grills can only be used outdoors with briquettes, self-igniting briquettes or charcoal. (New electric conversion accessory available 1st Q 2022 will allow use anywhere electricity is available.) Customarily Binchotan charcoal, the black gold of Japan which allows cooking at extremely high temperatures, is used. Binchotan charcoal burns longer and at a considerably higher temperature than ordinary charcoal, often noted to be quieter too. To light Binchotan, one typically first makes a bed of coals from a softer charcoal, a great example being BBQ Flavour Acacia charcoal. You can then place the Binchotan diagonally on the already hot charcoal bed which typically easily lights the Binchotan. It is possible to light Binchotan with a gas torch, but we are told this method takes 15 minutes or longer. Want to get even more out of your Shichirin? take a look some of the many accessories we carry below.