A luweng that is still used by households in the hamlet of Tembi, Bantul

This cooking tool looks like a dhingkel, only longer. That is, the hole is more than one, can be two or three extending backwards. So once cooking, can be used for two or three dishes at once. Meanwhile, the coals that are inserted into the luweng only go through one mouth, namely at the front. That is a traditional stove called luweng.

Generally, the luweng is also U-shaped extending backwards. Can be made permanent or temporary. This type of furnace is often used to cook large parties, both for celebrations and stalls, such as selling gudeg, fried chili sauce, or others. Made permanent if used for a long time.

Usually this permanent luweng is made of polished red bricks or smeared with clay or cement mixture, making it stronger. While temporary ones are often found when people have a celebration. The shape is simple, only made of red bricks arranged in a U-shaped extending backwards. Usually when the celebration is over, the temporary luweng is immediately dismantled.

Like dhingkel stoves, luweng stoves also use fuel in the form of wood, bamboo or the like. However, keep in mind, because luweng is used for cooking large parties, usually when the coals are ready, the wood used is wood that is durable and smoldering, such as tamarind wood, mlanding wood, mahogany wood, rubber wood, mango wood. , etc.

The front hole is usually used to cook rice or vegetables that are cultivated immediately. The second part of the hole, because the fire that leads to the back is not large enough, it is often used to boil water or dishes that are not used immediately. Can also be used to “remember” or heat cooked (finished) dishes.

Like dhingkel, the parts on the luweng have the same name, such as the “cangkem luweng” (mouth luweng) in front and only one in number, wide enough, about 30×40 cm, or it can be smaller and larger. Luweng mouth functions as a place to put firewood used for cooking.

Then there are holes ‘holes’ luweng which number 2, 3, or 4 pieces. Located at the top. Its function is to put cooking utensils, such as kwali, cormorant, kenceng, and so on. Another part is called the lawe, which is on the right and left of each luweng hole, which serves as the basis for cooking utensils that are placed in the luweng. Lawe can also be made of kreweng or pottery shards. The function of the lawe is so that the fire that comes from the luweng’s mouth can enter the sidelines of the lawe and the cooking utensils on it, as well as air circulation in the fireplace. Another part is a wooden ganjel which is placed in front of the luweng mouth. Used for the base of the wood to be burned, so that there is air circulation in the fire that burns the wood.

Usually, the hole heights on the first, second, third, and fourth holes are different. The higher the back, the function is so that the fire goes backwards the higher it goes. But there is also the height of the holes per luweng made the same.

Source: Tembi