The Konro Grill is a traditional Japanese charcoal grill made of a porous clay called Keisodo, with a striking red finish. This clay, formed by the fossilized remains of ancient algae accumulating at the bottom of the ocean, has around 40,000 small holes per micron. This gives the Konro grill extraordinary heat retention power, making it possible to cook with very little heat.
With a grill size of 360 x 205mm, this charcoal barbecue is suitable for use on the floor or at the table for diners to grill their own meat, fish or vegetables. Made from diatomaceous earth, the thermal insulation is exceptional - food is cooked quickly without extreme heat, helping capture and preserve flavours. Grills made of this material have been used since the Edo period, when they were first used as room heaters.
A classic Japanese charcoal grill.
Grates lie under the Binchotan charcoal for improved oxygen delivery and long steel tongs are included for loading and removing charcoal.
Dimensions: 375 x 215 x 175mm
Earth grates: 132 x 132 x 7mm
Netting: 360 x 205mm
Kitchen tongs: 300mm
Includes: 1 barbecue + 2 earth grates + 1 netting + 1 kitchen tongs
Barbecue: Diatomaceous earth body, galvanized steel casing,
Earth grates: stainless steel
Kitchen tongs: iron
Why use Binchotan charcoal?
Binchotan charcoal is essential for this Konro grill to get the best cooking results. We do not recommend using poor-quality charcoal in this grill, because a lot of smoke will be produced.
Binchotan charcoal, sometimes called white charcoal, is a traditional Japanese charcoal made from hardwood - usually Japanese oak wood - that has been burned at a high temperature for many hours. It burns cleanly for a very long time, with little smoke and no flames. This means food cooked over Binchotan coals will not smell burnt, retaining its natural flavour and moisture.
Binchotan briquettes offer an excellent alternative to traditional Binchotan at a lower cost. These briquettes are made by densely compressing oak sawdust, which is then burned in traditional Binchotan kilns.
Because of its density, Binchotan charcoal can be a little difficult to light - see instructions in How To Use section above.