Sumi Binchotan Charcoal is the perfect fuel to use with our Konro Grills, but can also be used on any other BBQ grill too. Made from dense hardwoods and traditional methods used for centuries, it burns for longer at a lower temperature than other charcoals and has no unpleasant odours, which makes it ideal for sealing in flavour.
Just like traditional binchotan, these briquettes can take some time to get hot and we recommend following the procedure below or see our pdf guide here for successful lighting.
Instructions for use of Binchotan briquettes:
Due to its density the briquettes 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 briquettes in the chimney. Lighting time is 50 minutes on average.
Move the Binchotan briquettes to your grill when white hot.
Open and close the air windows to reach the desired temperature
The density of Binchotan briquettes means it will stay at cooking temperature for several hours (up to 6 hours on open fire grills, peak temperature 900 degrees C).
Charcoal can be extinguised and reused. To do so, when finished cooking, either place in fireproof container with lid or plunge in water. Once fully dried it will light again.
Remove the charcoal from your barbecue, do not pour water into the barbecue.
It can also be extinguished in an airtight pot of ceramic or steel.