What is a brazier? Heating and Cooking

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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.

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Bibliography and further reading:

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

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By | 2017-05-25T12:03:51+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Food, Science|0 Comments
Cite this page: Carr, K.E. What is a brazier? Heating and Cooking. Quatr.us Study Guides, May 25, 2017. Web. February 22, 2018.

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Karen Carr
Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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