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Jun 2, 2010 07:16 AM

Sources for Binchotan Charcoal

I am trying to find a cheaper alterntavie to the Korin Binchotan Charcoal for my new Yakitory Grill I got from Korin. It is about $30 for a 2lb bag. Thanks

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    1. re: breadfan

      I found some Chinese Bincho-tan at this place for half the price of the other places:

      II will try it and see how it compares to the Japanese wood.

      Thanks for the tips.

      1. re: aw123

        When I bought binchotan from Korin several years ago, I might've been mistaken but thought it was from Japan. I see on their website though that what they have now is from China, too. If you remember, post about your experience with the less expensive product, would you?

        1. re: aw123

          I know nothing about this place - - but at $4/lb, it's a bit cheaper even than the Chinese charcoal.

      2. You don't need to use Binchotan; you simply want a "hardwood charcoal" as opposed to briquettes.

        Just pick up the phone and call your local grocery stores and someone should have some. It's 2x to 3x the price of Kingsford in my market.

        You can cleave the hardwood charcoal into smaller sizes to fit what you want. And don't be afraid to get things going initially with some regular hardwood species like oak or hickory.

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        1. re: FoodFuser

          One doesn't necessarily "need" binchotan, but it does burn much hotter and cleaner than ordinary hardwood charcoal.

            1. re: MikeG

              What's the difference between binchotan and regular charcoal? What causes it to burn hotter and cleaner?

              1. re: mdzehnder

                Honestly, I'm not really sure. I just looked at a Wikipedia article which claims (without citation) that binchotan burns at a lower temperature than ordinarily charcoal. Other miscellaneous posts on web sites say the contrary. At this point, I'm really not sure what temperature it burns at, but the article explains the manufacturing process at least: .

            2. re: FoodFuser

              One option would be to mix the coal by putting a less expensive coal at the bottom and putting a few pieces of binchotan on top. I will let you know how the less expensive coal works out. It was prices at about $6.5/lbs.

              This place also has cheaper coal:

            3. Here in the greater LA area, some of the Japanese markets sell it; it's fairly expensive there as well, but they have different grades, and I believe it's still cheaper than Korin's. However, if you don't have a good Japanese market nearby, you may have a hard time finding it if you're unable to find a good online source.