Binchotan Charcoal is about 97% carbon. Called White Charcoal due to the white ash residue, the name ‘Binchotan’ came from a famous charcoal artisan, Binchoya Chozaemon. The secret Binchotan process eventually became known in other parts of Japan, but Kishu Binchotan remains the finest, densest and purest form and is still handmade through a process passed down through generations.
Also known as White Charcoal, Binchotan Charcoal is a type of Activated Charcoal that has been traditionally made for over 300 years by charcoal makers in the Kishu province of Wakayama in Japan. Perfecting a technique that produced charcoal of extraordinary purity, they used the extra hard Ubame Oak that grew in the forested hills of Kishu, carefully and sustainably choosing branch clippings, stacking them inside large kilns built into the mountains and then burning them at low temperatures over several weeks to control the oxygen flow. Lastly, they increased the temperature inside the kiln to above 1000 degrees and monitored the colour of the smoke. Once it was clear, all impurities had been burnt away.
Our Binchotan Charcoal is imported and while we trial and search for a local hardwood charcoal that can burn at the same temperatures as Binchotan Charcoal this is the best value. This Binchotan Charcoal is from sustainable forests in Thailand. It costs about $4-5 per grill and will give you 2-4 hours of high temperature grilling which is extended if the oven smoker is added.