The charcoal used in Japan, because that's what we're going to talk about, is called Binchotan. Binchotan is a type of charcoal with an unearthly high carbon percentage, which ensures an almost pure composition. And you can taste it.
Binchotan is made there in a beautiful traditional way - after all, we are in Japan, so what do you expect - in kilns made of stone and clay. Burning this charcoal requires so much expertise that there is a separate compartment for it: binchotan burner. However, this box is unfortunately disappearing. Few young people of the new generation are interested in it, which is very disappointing, because it is truly one of the most valuable things in traditional Japanese culture. But it's still there, so enjoy it while you still can!
Making binchotan against Japanese quality standards is therefore very difficult, but certainly not impossible. It takes a very long time. Very, very, very long. One cycle of making about four hundred pounds of binchotan takes fifteen days. That cycle, of course, begins with the collection of wood and ends with packaging in the boxes. Here is a small overflight of everything that happens in between.
The collected wood is first carefully - all carefully - placed in the oven and heated to about two hundred degrees with minimal oxygen supply for about ten days. This minimal oxygen supply ensures that the wood does not burn but decomposes. Because so little oxygen is supplied, an almost completely pure carbon composition is ultimately formed.
When the smoke from the oven is just the right color, the wood is decomposed and the oxygen supply is increased. The oven reaches a temperature of no less than a thousand degrees. This stops as soon as the charcoal takes on a red glow.
The final step is to roll the charcoal into ash and sand, giving it its signature gray glow. After all, it is not called white binchotan for nothing. And then you have binchotan, with a beautiful carbon percentage of no less than about 95 percent. Binchotan does not emit smoke, does not splatter and burns at a constant temperature. In comparison with Marabú charcoal, it is actually the quiet brother that takes things a bit more quietly and neatly.
Binchotan Maitiew - 5 kg
Maitew has a carbon percentage of 96-98%. The charcoal bed can reach a temperature of 1000 to 1200 degrees. The total burning time is an average of 6 hours. No chemicals were added during the traditional production process. As a result, there will be no smoke or taste development. The amount of ash is approx. 1.5%