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    Kishu Binchotan Charcoal

    While North American lump charcoal has a carbon content of about 75%, binchotan has a carbon content of between 93 and 96%. This means no room for impurities could negatively taint the flavour of your food. Aside from the flavourful puffs created by drippings that hit the charcoal, you get a pure heat source with minimal smoke. The intense heat produced by binchotan quickly gives the exterior of the meat a delicious crust and leaves the flavourful morsels incredibly juicy.

    That high carbon content also means that starting binchotan can be challenging. Ideally, you want a charcoal chimney and a big wad of newspaper to get it going.

    Learn More About Binchotan Here


    Han-Maru (English translation is "half round") - ★★★★★
    When the raw material is too thick, they split them into half or a quarter size.
    This is what Han-Maru is. The quality of this charcoal is great. It is very dense.
    Dimension is usually 2-4cm x 20+cm.

    Ara-Jo (English translation is "Rough Excellent" ) - ★★★★
    This is bit more uneven in sizes. Dimension is 2-5cm x 6cm-20cm. There may be some uneven bits as well.
    Wari - (English translation is "Split" ) - ★★★
    The procedure to make and sizes are same as Han-Maru, but Wari is not as dense as Han-Maru.
    There may be some uneven or rough shaped ones.
    Because it is not as dense as Han-Maru, it burns less (duration) but gets going faster.

    Nami (“regular”) - ★★★
    This one is nice and small, and very dense. They are almost like a chopped version of komaru (see below). They do not last as long as others because of the smaller size, but they burns more cleanly.


    • Place your binchotan on a bed of already lit softer charcoal like the ogatan or even lump charcoal if you have it.
    • Make sure that your coal is neatly placed in the chimney starter, all running in the same direction, and place the whole thing on a propane burner for 15 to 20 minutes.
    • Use a hair dryer, fan, or shop-vac to blow air on the coals like a blacksmith’s bellows.

    Due to international shipping regulations, we cannot send charcoal to customers outside of Canada. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Made in Japan
    Brand Kishu Binchotan

    We aim to ship your order within 1 business day at Knifewear, if there is a hold up, we'll aim to let you know and give you a timeline.

    We offer free shipping on orders over $100* anywhere in Canada and $200* to customers in the USA. We ship worldwide, and offer up to the minute rates from our shipping partner DHL.

    *Konro Grills and some other larger items are excluded from the free shipping offer.

    How do I make a return on an online order?
    No worries, we've got you sorted. Head over to https://knifewear.com/returns and follow the prompts. 

    Can I pick up my order Curbside / At the store?
    Absolutely, as long as all the items you are looking for are in stock at the location you want to pickup from, you'll be able to select that at the checkout. If one or more items aren't at your preferred location we are happy to ship it to you.