White charcoal or Binchotan has a finely pored structure and high density and would be baked over several days – at first at low temperatures, and then changed to a high temperature with restricted oxygen. In order to trap the carbon, the charcoal would be “put out” with white ash at the finish, and which gives the “white” charcoal its name.

White charcoal had fixed carbon content (93.9%), which is 22.62% larger in comparison with black charcoal, whereas traditional coal had more hydrogen content (5.27%) than white charcoal. Nitrogen and Sulfur are components that should be taken into account due to their capability of forming pollutants such as Nitrous and Sulfur Oxides. While nitrogen oxidation can be controlled by maintaining low reaction temperatures during combustion, sulfur reaction with air is more complicated to control. A valuable typical advantage of biomass is low sulfur content. Binchotan had less than 0.02% sulfur, while black charcoal had 0.73% larger than 36 times.

White charcoal is a favorite amongst Yakitori bars all over Japan due to its clean-burning properties and the amazing aroma it imparts when grilling. It is much harder and denser than ordinary black or lump charcoal and has a characteristic metallic sound when struck together.

This is the perfect charcoal for barbecuing due to its long steady burning properties. There is no smoke and it is completely odorless when burning, so the flavor of the food is kept pure. This, of course, all changes when you add meat to the grill. As the fats and oils drip onto the Binchotan, plumes of delicious smelling smoke fill the air as salivating onlookers twitch with excitement.

Other benefits of white charcoal are that it mineralizes and purifies tap water by absorbing unhealthy chemicals and lime, making the tap water clean and much softer to drink. This product can be used also as an air freshener, as the sticks would capture automatically the odor from the air from its anti-odor feature. Furthermore, it can be used as a natural fertilizer for plants after its lifespan and could provide good protection against electrosmog.