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How to use your Konro Grill

You've just taken home your new handmade Konro grill. You're well on your way to the joy of backyard yakitori, and other grilled treats. Below are some tips to get you started.


You only need enough charcoal to cover the bottom of the Konro, anything more will cause excessive heat and flame.


To light your Binchotan or lump charcoal load it into a chimney starter and light it from the bottom with newspaper or a gas burner. If you don't have these then use a natural firefighter (no odour if possible). After it is lit, then spread it out over the floor of the grill.

Use the vents to adjust heat. Open vents means more oxygen gets to the coals, which in turn means higher temperature. Binchotan lasts a long long time, but if you do need to add some, only add enough to keep the bottom of the Konro covered.


If you have a Yakitori sized grill and are using our bamboo skewers, you can just rest your food right across the grill. If you’re on a wider grill or cooking without skewers, be sure to pre-heat your grate before you get grilling.

Charcoal burns hot, but takes time so be patient.


Snuff the Binchotan out in a Grills of Japan extinguishing pot. DO NOT pour water on the Konro to put out the fire, or the Konro will break due to extreme temperature change. Only put away or store your Konro after it has cooled completely.

Here are the basic dos and don'ts of Konro ownership. Remembering these will help you have a safe and delicious cooking session:

  • Regular Charcoal gives off carbon monoxide. Use it only where there is enough ventilation. If you use it indoors be sure to have sufficient ventilation.
  • The bottom of Konro will become extremely hot. Do not use it on carpets. Use only on a fireproof surface.
  • Do not move the Konro while using.
  • Do not leave the Konro unattended while using.
  • Do not leave children unattended with a hot Konro.
  • Make sure the fire is completely extinguished after use.
  • The metal parts will get hot. Use caution when handling.
  • The metal parts can be sharp and cause scrape or cuts. Be cautious.
  • The Konro is ceramic. When dropped or banged, it can break. Use caution.
  • Never pour water into the Konro to put out the fire. This will cause the Konro to break.
  • Store in a weatherproof area, do not leave outdoors. Avoid extreme humidity.
  • Use the Konro on the flat and level surface.
  • If the Konro gets wet, it will not work as well as it should. Let the Konro dry completely before next use.

How to use your Konro Grill