Diatomaceous earth stoves are more brittle than metal and are prone to cracking and chipping, so care must be taken when use it.
In this section, let us describe how to use and care for diatomaceous earth stoves.
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What is a diatomaceous earth stove?
Diatomaceous earth stoves are stoves made from fossilized diatoms.
Diatomite is algae that live in the sea, lakes and marshes. When these die after proliferating in large numbers, they settle to the bottom of the water, decomposing the organic matter and eventually leaving behind a fossil-like solid composed mainly of silicon dioxide. This is the diatomite.
When manufacturing industrial products such as stoves with diatomaceous earth, diatomaceous earth is crushed into a powder, mixed, formed, and fired. In Japan, it is mainly known as a raw material for shichirin (a kind of small barbecue stove used in Japan for centuries).
Diatomaceous earth stove features
Diatomaceous earth stoves have excellent thermal efficiency due to their excellent fire resistance and insulation properties. In addition, because it emits far-infrared rays, it does not remove excessive moisture from the food, allowing for juicy cooking.
Diatomaceous earth stoves are often used in restaurants. As we mentioned the main reason for this is that the taste of the finished dish will be much better.
In addition, its high thermal efficiency makes it easy to start a fire and control the heat, which contribute to reduced cooking time and improve performance.
How to use diatomaceous earth stove
In this section, let us explain how to use diatomaceous earth stoves.
As with most barbecue stoves, the diatomaceous earth stove is used for grilling food on a net placed over a fire made with charcoal or other materials. As for how to use it, there is no major difference from a standard barbecue stove.
How to use the air intake
The diatomaceous stove has an air intake for adjusting the heat power. The air inlet can be opened and closed. Opening the air intake increases the supply of oxygen and thus increases the firepower, while closing it reduces the firepower.
How to care for diatomaceous earth stoves
In this section, let us explain how to care for diatomaceous earth stoves.
Cleaning after use
Because diatomaceous earth stoves are highly hygroscopic and water absorbent, they absorb excessive amounts of water and become brittle when washed in water. Never wash with water as it may cause cracking or chipping.
If you want to clean it after use, wipe it with a dry cloth or a cloth which squeezed after rinsed with water. For persistent stains, a brush or similar tool may be used. Clean carefully not to allow the diatomaceous earth to absorb water.
How to store diatomaceous earth stoves
Diatomaceous earth stoves should be stored in a dry place with low humidity. If exposed to rain outside, it may absorb water and become brittle and chipped or cracked. After use, wipe off any moisture or grease and store indoors as dry place as much as possible.
Diatomaceous earth stoves may crack even when used properly. However, if it cracks under proper use, there will be no problem with normal use because the entire stove is reinforced with belts. On the other hand, if it cracks due to moisture or water absorption, the entire stove may be brittle, so care must be taken for use like avoid impact or rapid heating or cooling.
Cautions for using diatomaceous earth stoves
When using diatomaceous earth stoves, avoid washing them in water and avoid moisture as much as possible. Also, avoid shocks, as diatomaceous earth is similar to ceramic.
Indoor use of charcoal etc. may cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Not just diatomaceous earth stoves, charcoal etc. should be used outdoors, and if used indoors, ensure adequate ventilation.
Diatomaceous earth stoves can be used outdoors, but should be stored indoors.