Binchotan is a traditionally Japanese charcoal that is completely different from American charcoal in just about every way possible. White binchotan is chemical free, almost smoke free, and burns for up to 4-5 hours at a consistent temperature. Not only is it ideal for grilling, but it will also last an entire service. The lack of chemical additives and the incredibly high heat preserves the flavorful juices, adds a beautiful sear, and makes anything barbecued on it absolutely delectable. These wonderful charcoal are not limited to kitchen usages, they also have health benefits if used properly!
Kamitosa binchotan hails from Kochi prefecture on the island of Shikoku, and is produced by the oldest living master in the region. This binchotan ranks equally with the Kishu binchotan as the highest quality binchotan available in the world today.
Binchotan charcoal has become so popular lately that it is fast becoming a precious commodity. Its veteran makers are aging, and as supplies of ubame oak, the traditional raw material for it, dwindle, evergreen oak is now increasingly used instead. Prices are rising, and charcoal dealers in Japan predict that Binchotan will disappear in as little as 10 years... [read more]