Japan is a mountainous, heavily forested country, and in the past had an abundant, varied supply of excellent quality woods. In addition to furniture making, Japanese craftsmen have a long history of wood artistry, creating a wide variety of items, both for everyday and for specialized uses, including Japanese hibachi, quality boxes of all sorts, figures, mingei items, signs, stands, and items for the tea ceremony, Japanese gardens, ikebana, and Japanese interior design.
Wood hibachi come in a great variety of styles and sizes; all with metal pans. It should be noted hibachi were never used for cooking. Rather, they were used as room heaters, and to warm water for tea.