Dhingkel is a kitchen utensil used to burn wood for cooking. This dhingkel is usually made of red bricks arranged in a U shape and has one top hole. In addition to bricks, dhingkel can also be made of stone arrangements or other objects that are considered hard, strong, and durable as a basis for cooking. The function of the dhingkel is the same as a stove or gas stove.
Dhingkel is a kitchen utensil that is still used by residents, especially rural communities. Some people in the city still use dhingkel instead of stoves, especially for cooking on a large scale, such as when having a celebration and the like. Dhingkel can be used because it is considered more economical or happens to still have wood in stock. It is a special dhingkel kitchen tool for cooking with wood-based ingredients and the like.
Dhingkel can be called open dhingkel and hollow dhingkel. It is said that the dhingkel is open if the front, where the wood is inserted, is not given red bricks. However, if it is given a red brick at the top, it is called a hollow dhingkel. In an open dhingkel, wood can be freely inserted into the dhingkel hole. It’s just that sometimes the kwali or pan can shake, because the balance is lacking. In perforated dhingkel, the place to enter the wood is limited, so the wood is not easy to enter freely. It’s just that, on a hollow dhingkel, the position of the kwali or pan is stronger because it is held by four sides.
The emergence of cooking tools such as dhingkel, is based on the fact that in rural areas there are still a lot of firewood and the like that are used for cooking. The wood can be found yourself without having to buy. The wood is usually used for cooking daily needs. But sometimes wood must also be purchased, but the price is still much cheaper if you have to use kerosene or gas. In addition, dhingkel appeared in the past, because at that time it was not common to use stoves, gas stoves, or even electric stoves.
When entering the global era, it turns out that some Javanese people, the majority of whom live in rural areas, still rely on dhingkel. Besides being practical, it is also because of economic considerations, and can be made easily yourself.