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Grills of Japan Binchotan White Charcoal, 2kg

Product Code: BIN2

x R399.00

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Product Info

White Binchotan, which is considered The King of All Charcoal and a favourite amongst grilling chefs in Japan, burns without smoke or smell and has a longer burn time than conventional charcoal. Binchotan is the ultimate charcoal for barbecuing, whether you are using a Grills of Japan Japanese Hibachi or Konro grill, Big Green Egg, Everdure, Kamado Jan, or a Weber.

  • Binchotan charcoal sticks
  • Binchotan is a firm favourite amongst Yakitori bars all over Japan due to its very long and clean burning properties, and the amazing aroma and flavour it imparts when grilling
  • Due to the unique infrared nature of the heat, food grilled over binchotan results in a much juicier texture and heightened flavours compared to other black charcoal
  • There is little to no smoke and it is odourless when burning, so the flavour of the food is kept pure and there are minimal flare ups

How to use:

  • Light binchotan by placing it into an already hot fire or a chimney starter outside and transferring the lit coals to your grill or use the Grills of Japan Binchotan Charcoal Starter Pot on your gas hob if grilling indoors (ventilation is required)
  • The binchotan comes in varied sizes so should you want to make smaller pieces they can be broken into smaller pieces by knocking the larger pieces together with the smaller pieces


  • Weight: 2kg
  • Material: Acacia
  • Burn time: 4 hours

Care Instructions

  • Compared to regular natural hardwood charcoal, Binchotan White Charcoal will burn much longer and when finished grilling, you should simply extinguish the charcoal so you can use it again
  • To extinguish, simply place the charcoal in a Grills of Japan extinguishing pot or dip each piece of charcoal in water outside for 30 seconds and leave to dry in the sun
  • If used in any other braais, simply close all vents once finished grilling and extinguish your binchotan so it's ready for use again the next time
  • Store binchotan in an airtight plastic container or Extinguishing pot to keep dry
  • If you notice any cracking or popping sounds you need to dry out the charcoal first. This is because binchotan absorbs moisture from the air. Any moisture inside the charcoal will expand on heating causing cracking sounds/spitting/popping.
  • To dry out:
    • Place in the sun
    • If you want to use straight away, put it on low heat for approximately 10+ minutes. After drying out you can increase the temperature
    • Place into a warm oven at 100 degree celcius for 10 minutes before lighting on a direct flame
  • Additionally you can place a metal grill net over the top of the charcoal chimney or Starter Pot for the initial heating phase
  • Always allow sufficient ventilation


Product Information in PDF Format

How to light Binchotan Charcoal

Customer Reviews & Ratings

3.0 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews

1 out of 2 people would recommend this product

5 out of 5 stars

Wow! Definitely the king of charcoal!


Item reviewed:

Review by Darrin M. on 20 October 2020

I have used the same box of Binchotan charcoal a few times now and am hugely impressed by it. Excellent product!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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1 out of 5 stars

Completely useless.


Item reviewed:

Review by Anonymous on 15 February 2024, 4 days after purchase

Verified Owner

Wasted nearly two hours trying to light these, no matter how long I held over an oven flame, all but the smallest pieces would just die.

A complete waste, rather just use regular charcoal.

I would not recommend this product to a friend.

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Reply by Yuppiechef

Admin reply

We're so sorry for your disappointing experience. We have added further information to our product page with details on how to most effectively light your charcoal.

We hope this helps – happy grilling!


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