Binchotan Aramaru Charcoal
Item #: TK-636-01
Size: 5 lbs bags available
Aramaru charcoal is more economical than white binchotan. Aramaru charcoal is also chemical free, and almost smoke free. Aramaru charcoal is the easier to light than white binchotan, however they have a shorter life (up to 3-4 hours).

This makes them ideal to mix with white binchotan. The lack of chemical additives and the incredibly high heat preserves the flavorful juices, adds a beautiful sear, and makes anything barbecued on it absolutely delectable.

Binchotan charcoal has become so popular lately that it is fast becoming a precious commodity. Its veteran makers are aging, and as supplies of ubame oak, the traditional raw material for it, dwindle, evergreen oak is now increasingly used instead. Prices are rising, and charcoal dealers in Japan predict that Binchotan will disappear in as little as 10 years... [read more]

Manufactured in Malaysia

- As seen on The Wall Street Journal, June 2015

Best to mix with other binchotan
List Price: $
Price per Item: $16.50 – $24.50

5lb&3lb bag : Out of Stock
Non-Grilling Benefits of Binchotan

  • Even if its no longer BBQ season and it's time to put those grills away for the cold winter, binchotan can still be used around the house.
  • Binchotan filters and absorbs chemicals in water. All water filters have white charcoal in them.
  • Absorbs odors
  • Absorbs dampness You can put it in your fridge to replace baking soda, then simply soak them in water to revive their effectiveness!
  • Try leaving binchotan on your bedside. Binchotan produces negative ions that helps the immune system and decreases electromagnetism.
  • Neutralizes and improves soil quality for plants.
  • Small amounts of binchotan powder can help kill stomach viruses, prevent food poisoning, and stop indegestion. *Warning: Large amounts is unhealthy.*
  • Small amounts in rice cookers increases the rice's calcium content and allows it to keep for longer.
  • Bathing with a little bit of binchotan in the water can help improve blood cycle, hair and skin.
  • Allow the charcoal sit over a direct flame for 30 minutes to an hour. Korin recommends using a binchotan starter pan for convenience.
  • Fan the charcoal to heat faster.
  • Mix Sumi or Aramaru charcoal that light up faster with the white binchotan


Please do not burn charcoal indoors, only in well ventilated areas. All types of burning charcoal will produce odorless Carbon Monoxide gas. For best result, keep in cool and dry environments. Damp charcoal may take longer to ignite and may be hazardous.

Japanese Aramaru Charcoal Instruction Sheet (PDF)

Chef Reviews
“At the restaurant we use binchotan for our hibachi grills. We grill all types of ingredients from vegetables to proteins, but especially enjoy using the charcoal for grilling our 140-day dry-aged rib eye. The charcoal burns consistently for a long time and really gives the meat a perfect sear and crust. Binchotan burns much hotter and longer than regular charcoal and because it burns so consistently we are able to cook the proteins to their desired doneness more easily. We can also manage the heat far more easily, creating spots that are hotter and cooler as we need to. The charcoal imparts a wonderful smokiness to grilled foods without overpowering their natural flavors.” Smoke Wood Sticks are an easy way to impart smoky flavors to your favorite ingredients. Cut off as much as needed, dip in water or wine, then light one end for it to burn for up to 4 to 5 hours." - ELEVEN MADISON PARK

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