Kiridashi Shichirin


There are several methods of manufacturing Shichirin, Japan's most famous barbecue grill, but Kiridashi Shichirin is considered to be the pinnacle of the industry. Maruwa Kogyo, located in Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, is a group of specialists who make Kiridashi Shichirin, also using a traditional technique that has been used for over 400 years. They are made using high-quality local diatomaceous earth, which allows them to make the best use of charcoal as fuel for cooking.

Traditional and pinnacle technique of cutting and shaping clay blocks

There are two general practices when making a Shichirin. One is called the “Neri” or kneading method, in which clay is kneaded and pressed into a mold. In contrast, the Shichirin produced by Maruo Kogyo is left as undisturbed as possible. They cut blocks from a clay way, and then carve them into the correct shape, taking care to do as little damage to the naturally occurring vacuoles, or air pockets, as possible. By keeping these tiny vacuoles intact, the resulting Shichirin is both less dense, and more heat retentive.

Kiridashi Shichirin excel at grilling with charcoal, especially Binchotan. The diatomaceous earth used in the construction of these grills has a very high insulation factor, making them excellent at retaining heat. This lets you get the most out of your charcoal, allowing you to cook longer, and at higher sustained temperatures.

A Traditional Method that Goes Back to the 1600s

丸和工業 Maruwa Kogyo

Maruwa Kogyo is a small “Kiridashi Shirchirin” (Japanese barbecue grill) manufacturer from Ishikawa, Japan. Originally formed back in 1976, this company has been making Kiridashi Shichirin using traditional methods originally established in Japan’s Edo Period (1603-1867).While Shichirin were a staple in many homes after its creation, demand for them has waned with the advent of in-home-Gas lines and electric stoves. At its peak, there were as many as Twenty ‘Kiridashi Shichirin’ companies in the world, but today, there are only Two. 
From the very beginning of the company through today, the family has felt a constant mission both to preserve the traditional ways of construction of Kiridashi Shichirin, and to keep the local industry alive. 

Collection: Kiridashi Shichirin

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