Premium Tosa Binchotan Japanese White Charcoal for Konro Grill - 12KG Original Package
Our website offers both a premium and a regular version of Tosa binchotan. The most noticeable difference is the size and shape.
The premium version is called Maru in Japanese. Maru was chosen because of its perfect shape and size. The charcoal is typically longer and more straightly shaped. Its quality is also superior.
In Japan, there are three major sources of premium binchotan white charcoal. They are Kishu binchotan (Wakayama), Tosa binchotan (Kochi) and Hyuga binchotan (Miyazaki). Tosa binchotan is rated as one of the top three quality products.
Tosa binchotan makes a metallic sound when struck. It is durable and stable, making it one of the best Japanese white charcoals on the market.
- 12KG pack is the original package in a carton and has at least 12KG of charcoal. All orders will be posted with care.
- We are unable to ship charcoal products to New Zealand.
- We do not accept returns or exchanges of charcoal products.
Binchotan: what makes it special?
Binchotan 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 or gas torch before transferring it into the grill.
- Charcoal can also be lit outside of the konro using a charcoal starter pan. Binchotan should be arranged vertically in the pot and placed on top of a portable gas top and heated for 10 to 15 minutes.
- 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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