The shichirin is a light-weight, compact, and easy-to-move cooking stove. It has had prototypes since ancient times, and it is said that shichirin roughly the same as today's were made in the Edo period. Old shichirin are mainly ceramic and many can be found in old houses. Most modern shichirin are made by heating diatomaceous earth, but the raw materials are not uniform. There are also shichirin such as those made with a double inside and outside ceramic structure (these are called Mikawa konro). The shape is mainly cylindrical, square, or rectangular, and the size also varies. Many varieties of shichirin are made for different uses. In the Kansai region, they are also known as "kanteki".
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