How to light Binchotan charcoal
Allow the Binchotan 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.
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.
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