Braziers - what is a brazier? how do you cook on a brazier? what are braziers made of? answers questions

What is a brazier?

Brazier (Picture thanks to VROMA)

A brazier (BRAYS-yer) is a kind of portable grill, usually made out of clay but sometimes out of bronze or iron, which held charcoal or wood fires. You used it to heat your apartment, or to cook on. The modern equivalent would be a little hibachi. Braziers were widely used throughout the ancient world, from China all across Asia to Rome. They were less common in northern Europe, where most people just cooked over open wood fires.

Bibliography and further reading:

Food in History, by Reay Tannahill (1995). Some good information about Chinese use of braziers, with pictures.

Roman kitchens
Greek food
Roman food
Chinese food
Roman pottery home

Professor Carr

Karen Eva Carr, PhD.
Assoc. Professor Emerita, History
Portland State University

Professor Carr holds a B.A. with high honors from Cornell University in classics and archaeology, and her M.A. and PhD. from the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology. She has excavated in Scotland, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and Tunisia, and she has been teaching history to university students for a very long time.

Professor Carr's PSU page

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