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    Tosa Toku-wari 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 there’s no room for impurities that could negatively taint the flavour of your food. You get a pure source of heat with minimal smoke, aside from the flavourful puffs created by drippings that hit the charcoal. The intense heat produced by binchotan quickly gives the exterior of the meat a delicious crust and leaves the flavourful morsels extremely juicy.

    Tosa Binchotan Grade 2 is known for its irregular sizes, typically ranging from 2cm to 5cm by 6 cm to 20 cm. As a natural product, some uneven pieces may occur, sourced from the Tosa region.

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

    learn more about binchotan here


    • 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 Tosa 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.

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

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    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.