container used to burn charcoal or other solid fuel for cooking, heating, or cultural rituals

A brazier is a container used to burn charcoal or any other solid fuel for cooking, heating or cultural rituals. It often takes the form of a metal box or bowl with feet. Its elevation helps to circulate air, giving oxygen to the fire. Braziers have been used since ancient times; the Nimrud brazier dates to at least 824 BC.[1]


Ancient Greek brazier and casserole, 6th/4th century BC, showed in the Ancient Agora Museum in Athens, housed in the Stoa of Attalus

The word brazier is said in the Bible. The Hebrew word for brazier is believed to be of Egyptian origin, suggesting that it was imported from Egypt. The single reference to it in the Bible being the following verse:

Roman Emperor Jovian was poisoned by the fumes from a brazier in his tent in 364, ending the line of Constantine.


  1. Russel, John M. (November 2003). "The MPs Do It Again: Two More Antiquities from the Top 30 Are Back in the Iraq Museum" (PDF). Archaeological Institute of America.