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Comprehensive Japanese Konro Grill / Hibachi Grill User Guide

It is important to be aware of the different types of konro grills or hibachi grills. Make sure to refer to the instructions for the right product.

  1. Okunoto konro grill or hibachi grill
  2. Donabe konro grill or hibachi grill
  3. Stainless steel konro grill or hibachi grill
  4. Kamejima konro grill or hibachi grill

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    1. How to use an Okunoto konro grill or hibachi grill

    Before you start
    • THE GRILL IS DESIGNED FOR OUTDOOR USE.
    • Charcoal should cover the bottom of the grill in one layer. It is okay to add a second layer of charcoal to the grill, but do not overfill the grill to prevent overheating.
    Lighting the binchotan
    • You may place a piece of binchotan on each side. Heat with a blow torch for about 8 minutes. Then you may place additional binchotan on the sides and the top. The rest will be lit up in about 15 minutes.
    • Charcoal can also be lit outside of the konro using a charcoal starter pan. Binchotan should be arranged vertically in the pot (please see product images) and placed on top of a portable gas top and heated for 10 to 15 minutes. The entire process must be done outdoors.
    • You can also start charcoal with a charcoal chimney or electric charcoal starter.
    Regulating the fire
    • By sliding the air window open or shut, you can modify the intensity of the fire. Open the window to increase the airflow and burn the coals hotter.
    • The metal parts of the konro will get hot while in use. Wear protective gloves or oven mitts and exercise extreme caution when handling.
    When you are finished
    • When you are done using the grill, wait until the coals are completely burned out before discarding.
    • Users may simply place the binchotan white charcoal into a Japanese charcoal extinguishing pot. This is a great pot to allow us to reuse binchotan and also very convenient when konro grills disallow use of water. Simply place the binchotan white charcoal into the pot and cover with a lid. The charcoal would extinguish because of lack of oxygen.
    • Do not pour water in the konro grill / hibachi grill.
    • After the grill has cooled, wipe it with a moist cloth or paper towel.
    • Assure the grill has cooled completely before storing.
    Cleaning
    • Be sure not to pour water into the grill. If the konro grill accidentally gets wet, make sure it's completely dry before storing or next using.
    • Konro's bottom gets extremely hot when cooking; therefore, do not use konro on top of flammable materials, such as a carpet, tarp or mat.
    • Do not let the base of the konro come into direct contact with flammable materials. Under the konro, place a fire-resistant board or base to prevent charring, scorching, or warping.
    • When the grill is in use, don't move it.
    • Konro and lit charcoal should not be left unattended.
    • Be careful not to drop the konro!

    Japanese Konro Grill / Hibachi Grill

    2. How to use a donabe konro grill / hibachi grill?

    • Place the main body of the grill on the base and add water (about 2cm deep).
    • Add charcoal to the trivet and place it on a portable gas stove outdoors to make sure it is sufficiently lit. Please see the following section Lighting The Binchotan.
    • When the charcoal burns, place the trivet on top of the main unit and then cover the donabe with the 19cm reusable round metal mesh.
    • Only for outdoor use.

    Use and Care:

    • Use the grill outdoors in well-ventilated areas to avoid potential carbon monoxide poisoning.
    • Place a heat resistant mat under the grill to avoid heating the surface underneath.
    • Fill the grill with water about 2cm high. Put it on the trivet made of diatom mud.
    • About lighting the binchotan Japanese white charcoal, please see the section Lighting The Binchotan below for more information.
    • It is normal not to see any red glow in binchotan. You will feel the sustained high heat released from the white charcoal. A lot less smoke and dirt are produced compared to normal charcoal.
    • The Japanese manual may instruct customers to place pieces of binchotan on a stove top and light the charcoal together with the trivet. This is not allowed, nor is it recommended in Australia, especially indoors due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
    • Place the grill mesh on top of the grill and enjoy.
    • Do not extinguish the charcoal with water.
    • Use oven gloves at all time. Use metal tongs to remove the hot charcoal and place it into a clay extinguishing pot. Cover with a lid and the charcoal will be extinguished from lack of oxygen. The pot will become hot as well. Use caution. The charcoal could be reused.
    • The diatom mud trivet or konro grill is made of diatom mud. The trivet and the inside of the grill will get dirty. It is normal. Clean with a brush after it cools down. Do not wash with water.
    • Do not store outdoors. Water or water absorption will damage the structure of diatom mud. You may replace the trivet every 1 to 2 years, depending on how frequently you use it.
    Lighting the binchotan
    • You may place a piece of binchotan on the trivet. Heat with a blow torch for about 8 minutes. Then you may place additional binchotan on the sides and the top. The rest will be lit up in about 15 minutes.
    • Binchotan can be placed on top of the trivet, which can then be placed on top of a portable gas top. Let it heat for 10 to 15 minutes. It must all be done outdoors.
    • Charcoal can also be lit outside of the konro over a portable gas top using a charcoal starter pan. Binchotan should be arranged vertically in the pot (please see product images) and placed on top of a portable gas top and heated for 10 to 15 minutes. The entire process must be done outdoors.
    • A charcoal chimney or electric charcoal starter can also be used to start charcoal.

    3. How to use a stainless steel konro grill / hibachi grill?

    Warnings

    • Stainless steel is a poor heat conductor, but the grill will be heated sufficiently with charcoal. Please use the product with care.
    • This product is for outdoor use only.
    • Do not use water to extinguish hot charcoal. You may let the charcoal completely burn out outdoors or place the charcoal in an extinguisher.
    • Use heat-resistant mitts to carry the grill or the cage.

    Installation and Use

    • There are four handles: two for the main body and two for the charcoal cage. Install the handles on both sides of each piece. 
    • Place the metal plate inside the grill. 
    • Place charcoal in the cage. Light the charcoal. Regarding lighting a binchotan, please see the following section Lighting The Binchotan.
      Then place the cage in the grill on top of the metal plate.
    • Place the grill net on top.
    • When you are done grilling, pull out the cage and dispose of the completely extinguished charcoal. 
    • You can also place charcoal into a Japanese charcoal extinguishing pot and cover it with a lid. This will extinguish the charcoal due to lack of oxygen. The binchotan can then be reused. The pot will get hot. Use with caution.
    • All items can be washed after cooling down.
    • Dry each piece completely after washing.
    • Do not leave the grill or any parts of the grill outside.
    Lighting the binchotan
    • Blow torches are not suitable for stainless steel konro grills or hibachi grills.
    • Charcoal can also be lit outside of the konro over a portable gas top using a charcoal starter pan. Binchotan should be arranged vertically in the pot (please see product images) and placed on top of a portable gas burner and heated for 10 to 15 minutes. The entire process must be done outdoors.
    • A charcoal chimney or electric charcoal starter can also be used to start charcoal.

    Mikawa Konro Grill

    4. How to use a Mikawa Kamejima konro grill / hibachi grill?

    Warnings

    • This product is for outdoor use only.
    • Do not use water to extinguish hot charcoal. You may let the charcoal completely burn out outdoors or place the charcoal in an extinguisher.
    • Use heat-resistant mitts to carry the grill or the cage.

    Installation and Use

    • For the rectangular model, there are two bricks with holes. Lay them flat in each square and then place charcoal on top.
    • Under the bricks, there is a space connecting to the valve that lets you adjust the heat during use.
    • These products have general cosmetic imperfections in the diatom mud interiors.
    • The diatom mud will get dirty. This is normal. Do not wash with water.
    • Regarding lighting a binchotan, please see the following section Lighting The Binchotan.
    • Place a grill net on top and enjoy your barbecue.
    • Beware of high heat during use. Strictly for outdoor use only.
    • Wait until the grill cools down. Remove the charcoal and place it in a clay container. Cover the container with a lid, and the charcoal will be extinguished due to lack of oxygen. The pot will get hot. Use with caution.
    • Do not extinguish with water. Binchotan can be reused. 
    • The bricks can be taken out. Do not wash the grill with water. You may use a brush to clean off excessive dirt.
    • Do not store outdoors. Water absorption will damage the grill. Store in a dry location indoors.
    Lighting the binchotan
    • You may place a piece of binchotan on each side. Heat with a blow torch for about 8 minutes. Then you may place additional binchotan on the sides and the top. The rest will be lit up in about 15 minutes.
    • Charcoal can also be lit outside of the konro over a portable gas top using a charcoal starter pan. Binchotan should be arranged vertically in the pot (please see product images) and placed on top of a portable gas top and heated for 10 to 15 minutes. The entire process must be done outdoors.
    • A charcoal chimney or electric charcoal starter can also be used to start charcoal.

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