Saturday, June 19, 2010

Binchotan: The Other White Charcoal

We have finally pulled out the samples of binchotan that were sent to us to do a bit of playing around. What's binchotan, you say? Well, we will cover that in detail in a future web page, but for now suffice it to say, it is a very hard dense charcoal made from oak in Japan. Normally, the "good stuff" sells for between $10 and $12 a pound (yes, a pound!) and is prized for its heat and ability to burn without much, if any, smoke. We have acquired a sample and will be playing around with it in order to bring you a special report on this unique charcoal.

By the way, it is called "white charcoal" because of the slightly white color it attains as the result of one part of the production method. We'll explain more when we produce the final web page. For now, though, we have testing to do!



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