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Kishu Binchotan Japanese White Charcoal for Konro Grill - 4KG Pack

by Kishu
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Original price $149.00 - Original price $149.00
Original price
$149.00 - $149.00
Current price $149.00

Kishu Binchotan

  • The size and weight of binchotan varies. The pieces are formed naturally. We will not break the item manually. "4KG pack" refers to the weight of an entire package and has at least 4KG of charcoal. All orders will be packed with care. 
  • We are unable to ship charcoal products to New Zealand.
  • We do not accept returns or exchanges of charcoal products.

Binchotan charcoal from the Kishu province of Japan (紀州備長炭), also known as Wakayama white charcoal, is the premium version of Japanese white charcoal. Some people use it as a water purifier.

The Kishu is also where binchotan originated in the 1600s. Some traditionalists believe only the white charcoal made of the oak trees in Wakayama Prefecture in Kishu could be called binchotan. It is considered to be the top grade of binchotan.

In Japan, there are three major sources of premium binchotan white charcoal. They are Kishu binchotan (Wakayama), Tosa binchotan (Kochi) and Hyuga binchotan (Miyazaki). 

Binchotan: what makes it special?

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.

User guide:

  • As it is not easy to light up binchotan, it is advised to first light up the charcoal on a gas burner or gas torch 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.
  • There will be more konro grill recipes available soon.

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