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Old 05-28-2017, 09:38 AM
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Hello all, what type of metal to use for making a habachi. Can I use plate steel, stainless, etc. ? I'm planning on making a small habachi so that I can use wood for grilling. I have a gas grill, but would like to try wood and see if there is any difference in taste. I've seen wood chips at Hdepot which appears to be flavored with apple. if anyone has any suggestions please feel free to share. Thanks
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hibachi

Most that I've seen are made of cheap cast iron of questionable pedigree.
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:51 AM
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If you want the wood flavor in your cooking just put a pan of wood shavings on over the flames of your gas grill and let them smoke.
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Yeah, the wood chips are meant to go in certain smokers or as stated in a pan on a regular grill. You can use just about anything though to make a little grill like you're wanting. Back in the day the HS shop classes would all get to make their own little grill/smoker as an assignment. Some of the folks I knew who did that project are still using them 20+ years later. They were all made out of plate that was welded together at the corners, some random pipe for a chimney and stand, and a piece of expanded metal for the cooking surface.

I went looking on Google for similar projects, didn't really find anything like the guys used to make... but found this "Notebook Grill" on Amazon. I think most any of our folks here could whip this out in an hour or two--but I'm tempted to just order the thing for $19. Kinda neat.

Grilling with wood is different than grilling with an alternative fuel and using the chips to flavor. Think camp-fire cooking. The food doesn't really absorb any of the flavor, but it (and everything you're wearing) will end up smelling for a few days afterwards.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. the grill from amazon looks interesting. I like the fact that it's portable and inexpensive.
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Some of the real hibachis are ceramic or earthenware. Here's an improvised version with a built-in ice chest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJR3H9nHuwE
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[QUOTE=USMCPOP;687543] Here's an improvised version with a built-in ice chest.

These burgers taste like s&@"!
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Here's an improvised version with a built-in ice chest.

These burgers taste like s&@"!
Check your guests to see who has grill marks across their ass.
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Grilling with wood is different than grilling with an alternative fuel and using the chips to flavor. Think camp-fire cooking. The food doesn't really absorb any of the flavor, but it (and everything you're wearing) will end up smelling for a few days afterwards.
I respectfully disagree. Here on the border we use Mesquite for our "carne asadas" and ill be damned if it doesn't give a great wood grilled flavor. I also use other woods I pick up from all corners of Texas to grill/cook other meats: hickory, pecan, oaks, cherry, apple, orange, peach.
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Some of the real hibachis are ceramic or earthenware. Here's an improvised version with a built-in ice chest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJR3H9nHuwE
at least he's resourceful. very entertaining. wouldn't want him as a neighbor though.
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