No two sticks are exactly the same as they're made from geniune oak tree branches, but our Japanese provider individually cleans and cuts them to about 2-3cm x 16-18cm.
Exactly what high-end gourmet restaurants are doing and what the Japanese have done for centuries to purify and soften drinking water with traditional Wakayama Binchotan coal for an outstanding drinking water experience.
Photo #2 shows both sizes Suztain has available. This one is the larger of the two.
Suztain has taken great care to import our Binchotan directly from the source in Japan where it originates.
Charcoal has been an integral part of well-known and used commercial water filters and systems, but our Binchotan sticks come to you in their natural form without the plastic that disposable filters provide that you need to toss out regularly into the trash (many of which cannot even be recycled).
Wakayama charcoal is one of the highest-quality Binchotan activated charcoals on the market, where in Japan it has been produced as far back as the Edo period.
This unique activated charcoal is used mostly to purify water. It removes chemicals, heavy metals and chlorine in addition to softening the water from the ordinary tap while the Binchotan also enriches the water with natural beneficial trace minerals.
In addition to using the Binchotan for filtering and softening your drinking water, you can readily use it when you boil pulses and grains, prepare a water kettle for tea or coffee -- you can even use the Binchotan in a vase to enrich the water with trace minerals for cut flower arrangements.
As a Water Purifier: One stick used daily will slowly filter a bottle of your tap water and can be used regularly for about a month before you need to boil it for 10 mins and then let it fully naturally dry. Afterwards, you can add it back to your pitcher and continue to enjoy its benefits for about another month or 2 (as long as you boil it another time) before its unable to extract impurities into its surface pores further. How do you know precisely when to boil it or when its used up? Oh, you'll taste the difference.
But once this Binchotan has done its job as your water filter, Binchotan coal will be able to take on another role in your home … we've placed them in the refrigerator, under the kitchen sink or near the cat litterbox to absorb odor or dampness -- we've even taken a sledgehammer to break it to bits and add it to the soil in the garden.
NOTE: Once a Binchotan stick is added to your pitcher of water, you'll notice a taste difference in about an hour. But it can take up to 6-8 hours to entirely purify a full pitcher of tap water. It seems like a long time, but it is less time than a quick-purchase plastic filter or a disposable plastic water bottle will remain in a landfill or in our oceans. To make it not seem so long, we fill our pitchers at night before bed and begin enjoying it with our breakfast.
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