Combo #1 | 1kg Binchotan Charcoal + Starter Pot
The charcoal starter pot is a very useful tool enabling you to light your binchotan charcoal ready to be transferred to your Shichirin, Konro or Hida Konro grill. Place the pot over your gas hob or open flame and allow for the charcoal to be flamed until fully lit then place into your grill.
The binchotan will take between 10 - 15 minutes before it is fully glowing so be patient. Turn the binchotan after 10 minutes to get an even light.
Once fully lit transfer your binchotan charcoal to your grill and wait for a minimum of 10 minutes for the binchotan to fully build the heat and insulate your grill. If using a bigger grill place additional binchotan on top of the already lit charcoal and wait for it to be fully lit before you start grilling.
Although our grills can be used with any charcoal we would recommend using Binchotan charcoal which is known as the King of all charcoals, a favourite amongst Yakitori bars all over Japan due to it's clean burning properties and the amazing aroma and flavour it imparts when grilling.
Binchotan is the perfect charcoal for barbequing due to its long steady burning properties, and food grilled over binchotan results in a juicier texture and heightened flavours compared to other charcoal. There is little to no smoke and is odourless when burning, so the flavour of the food is kept pure. This of course all changes when you add meat to the grill.
The Binchotan we source is 100% produced from Acacia grown and processed in Africa. Due to Acacia being an invader species it is a much more sustainably sourced.
Unlike Tosa Japanese binchotan, which has a total burn time of up to 4-5 hours, Acacia binchotan has a total burn time of up to 3-4 hours.
Binchotan can be used to grill indoors (with sufficient ventilation) as there is little to no smoke and is free from carcinogens and chemicals. Lighting binchotan can be achieved by placing into a chimney starter outside or by using our Charcoal Starter pan inside on your gas hob which can be found on our LIGHT page or using a regular charcoal chimney starter outside and transfer to your grill.
Our Binchotan comes in varied sizes approx 5-10cm in length. They are a mixture of large to smaller pieces so should you want to make smaller pieces they can be broken into smaller pieces.
Compared to regular natural hardwood charcoal, Binchotan will burn many times longer and when finished grilling, you should simply extinguish the charcoal so you can use it again.
To extinguish simply place the charcoal in our Extinguishing pot, which can be found in our EXTINGUISH page. Alternatively, dip each piece of charcoal in cold water for 30 seconds and leave to dry.