The word hibachi's translation into English is fire bowl. Original ibachis were only used for heating, not for grilling, and were made from wood with clay coating the inside. When looking for a manufactured hibachi grill, many models are found made from aluminium and cast iron. However, when you are considering making one yourself, you may choose to use other materials. For instance, the one from the following instructions is made from bricks and becomes portable when disassembled.
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Things you need
- 10 bricks
- Chicken wire
- Tin snips
- Baking tray
- Grill grate
- Lighter fluid
- Lighter or matches
- Non-stick cooking spray
Find a sturdy, level location on which to build your hibachi. This location needs to be fireproof. A metal picnic table or other type of metal surface is perfect, as long as it is on a level surface and not prone to tipping. If you do not have such a spot, use a large metal baking tray to build your grill on.
Cut chicken wire into a piece 18 inches wide by 9 inches deep.
Create the bottom base of your grill by setting four bricks side by side, as close as possible, onto a stable surface. This should create a base 18 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches deep.
Extend your grill upward by stacking two more bricks on each end of your base.
Pour charcoal into the open area you've created with the bricks. Use as much charcoal as it takes to nearly fill the area. However, do not use so much charcoal that it spills out of the brick area. Pour lighter fluid on it in preparation for lighting.
Set your piece of chicken wire on top of the bricks to provide a separator between the grill and the charcoal.
Stack two more bricks onto your grill base. One brick should be stacked on each side, left and right.
Place the grate you will be using as a grill on top of the bricks. Spray the grate with a non-stick cooking spray so your food won't stick to it.
Light the charcoal before you are ready to cook. Let it heat long enough for the grill to be hot before you place your food on it.
Tips and warnings
- If you wish to make this grill into a permanent fixture, seal the bricks together with mortar or clay.
- A metal cooling rack from your local cooking store may be used as a grill grate.
- Always use your hibachi in an open area and not close to overhanging tree limbs or other plants.
- Keep a bucket of water or a hose attached to a hydrant nearby when operating your grill.
- Another quick way to make a hibachi grill is to simply put a grill grate over a large cast iron kettle or pot.
- Do not attempt to disassemble your grill until the bricks have cooled.
- Do not build your grill on a surface that is wobbly or otherwise unstable.
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