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Lighting Binchotan

Lighting Binchotan the right way

Whether you have been grilling on the Konro Grill for an extended period of time or are just starting out, lighting Binchotan charcoal is an art you must master. This particular (Japanese) charcoal is known for its long-lasting and intense heat, perfect for grilling your favorite BBQ dishes. We are happy to explain how to light Binchotan charcoal so you can get the most out of this special fuel.

What is Binchotan charcoal?

Binchotan is pre-eminently the most suitable charcoal to use in your Konro Grill. This particular charcoal originated in Japan. For hundreds of years, binchotan has been produced by only a handful of "binchotan burners" from southwestern Japan. Binchotan is made from the Ubame oak, from which the moisture is pulled out very slowly in special clay kilns. This causes this charcoal to become incredibly sturdy and burn much longer than any other charcoal. Because this charcoal is so hard, it can be tricky to light. We are happy to tell you the best way to go about this.

What do you need to light binchotan?

Before you start lighting Binchotan charcoal, make sure you have the right supplies on hand.
Here's a list of what you'll need:

The First Steps

Before lighting the Binchotan charcoal, prepare the pieces of charcoal. Place the charcoal in a BBQ Starter. This helps improve airflow, which is essential for proper combustion.

You can do this with the konro grill

Poultry & Meat

Grill chicken yakitori style and sear tender, thin slices of Wagyu!

Fish & Crustaceans

Grill shellfish or fish directly. Delicious! Taste the pure flavors!

Fruit & Vegetables

Grill vegetables or even fruit. Lacquer it and be amazed at the taste!

Binchotan Lighting with firelighters

Now it's time to actually light your Binchotan charcoal. Follow these steps:

  • Place the charcoal evenly in the BBQ Starter.
  • Place a few firelighters between the pieces of charcoal.
  • Light the firelighters with a long lighter or matches. Make sure all the firelighters burn well.
  • Let the firelighters burn for about 10-15 minutes so that the Binchotan charcoal heats evenly.
  • Gently blow on the charcoal to fan the flames and raise the temperature.
  • As the charcoal begins to glow and is covered with a white ash layer, you can begin grilling. This is when the Binchotan charcoal has reached its maximum heat.

Binchotan Lighting without firelighters

Prefer not to use firelighters when lighting your Binchotan charcoal? Then use an electric lighter.

  • Place the charcoal in the Konro Grill.
  • Hold the lighter 2 cm above the charcoal and press the button.
  • Light the charcoal at various points.
  • Gently blow on the charcoal to fan the flames and raise the temperature.
  • As the charcoal begins to glow and is covered with a white ash layer, you can begin grilling. This is when the Binchotan charcoal has reached its maximum heat.

Safety

Always store the Binchotan in an airtight environment to keep it dry. If you notice that you hear crackling or popping noises while lighting, let the charcoal dry thoroughly first, this is because binchotan absorbs moisture from the air. When heated, the moisture in the charcoal will expand and cause crackling noises. Therefore, always make sure you only light the Binchotan outdoors.

Tips for Success: Achieving a Perfect Fire

To achieve a perfect fire when lighting Binchotan charcoal, follow these helpful tips:

  • Provide adequate ventilation to optimize airflow. This helps the charcoal ignite faster and more evenly.
  • Use high-quality Binchotan charcoal from a reliable source. The quality of the charcoal can make all the difference in performance.
  • Be patient and take your time to properly ignite the charcoal. The wait pays off when you enjoy the intense heat that Binchotan provides.

Binchotan Charcoal Lighting: Conclusion

Lighting Binchotan charcoal may seem like an art, but with proper preparation and a little patience, you can achieve this masterpiece of a fire. With the intense heat provided by Binchotan, you're sure to enjoy tasty grilled dishes. So, gather your supplies, follow the steps and awaken your inner fire master. Lighting Binchotan has never been so satisfying!

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