Binchotan Bin Maru charcoal from Japan - 1kg
25-40mm diameter, 220-240mm length
Famously long lasting and clean burning, Binchotan (also known as white charcoal) is the world’s most premium charcoal. It burns with very little smoke, so food flavours are not tainted. Made from Ubame Oak harvested from steep hill sides, the complex and unique production process was invented during the Genroku era (end of the 17th Century) by a single craftsman, Bichū-ya Chōzaemon, from Wakayama. The wood is stacked in dense layers in a large, walk in kiln. A fire is lit, air intake and steam release are carefully controlled so the temperature remains at 240ºC for 120 hours. After this time air intake is gradually increased to allow the temperature to rise to 1000ºC. Remaining bark is burnt off and all water content removed, the density is increased so carbon content can reach 95%, compared to 75% of other charcoals. While still hot the charcoal is removed from the kiln and covered with sand and ashes so that it cools slowly.
The density of Binchotan means it will stay at cooking temperature for several hours, it can also be extinguished, and reused. Charcoal can be plunged in water when you are finished and once fully dried it will light again. Remove the charcoal from your barbecue, do not pour water in the barbecue. It can also be extinguished in an airtight pot of ceramic or steel. Due to its density Binchotan can be hard to light, a charcoal chimney is highly recommended as a solution. Start by lighting some standard charcoal in your chimney then when hot, pour out and use this to ignite the Binchotan in the chimney. Move the Binchotan to your grill when white hot.
Binchotan is activated charcoal meaning it will remove impurities from air and water. It acts as a clean and effective water filter and it also used in the diet to remove chemicals from the blood stream. Please seek professional advice before embracing this attribute of this wonderful charcoal!
Traditionally used in Japanese Konro or Shichirin (Hibachi) grills binchotan can also be used with excellent results in all types of grills that require charcoal.
Binchotan will burn with very little or no smoke at all, carbon monoxide is still produced however, you should not cook with charcoal indoors, in a vehicle or tent. Professional kitchens you see cooking inside with barbecues have highly sophisticated ventilation systems. Burning charcoal can release sparks that travel to the area surrounding the grill with the possibility to cause fire.
Ingredients : Tosa Binchotan charcoal (Quercus phillyraeoides and Quercus Glauca) 100%