*The size and weight of Binchotan varies. The pieces are formed naturally. We will not break the item manually. "2KG pack" refers to the weight of an entire package and has at least 2KG of charcoal. All orders will be packed with care.
Binchotan charcoal from the Tosa Region of Japan (備長炭 土佐の手づくり工芸品 ), also known as Japanese white charcoal, is considered the ultimate charcoal for traditional cooking. It is made by using Japanese Ubame oak trees in a special Bincho kiln at around 1000 degrees Celsius for up to 14 days.
The resulting charcoal is almost 100% carbon. Binchotan, therefore, produces very little smoke when burning and leaves little ash. It also has a special metallic sound when pieces are tapped together. This premium charcoal is able to produce extremely high heat (about 1200 degrees), and it maintains a steady heat release for several hours. Pure, odourless, and long-lasting heat really brings out the flavour of the food. For this reason, Binchotan is loved by top Japanese Yakitori restaurants.
The total production of Binchotan in Japan is about 1800 tons per year. Consumers should be wary of non-authentic Binchotan produced outside of Japan using non-traditional techniques and timber rather than Ubame Oak. Such charcoal cannot produce enough heat and burns out very quickly.
- As it is not easy to light up Binchotan, it is advised to first light up the charcoal on a gas burner before transferring it into the grill.
- Use the charcoal outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
- The charcoal will stay lit for hours. Please make sure the fire is fully extinguished after use.