Bamboo charcoal

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Bamboo charcoal

Bamboo charcoal is made up of pieces of bamboo, which are taken from plants five years or older and burned inside an oven at temperatures over 800 to 1200 °C. It benefits environmental protection by reducing pollutant residue. It is an environmentally functional material that has excellent absorption properties.[citation needed]

Bamboo charcoal has a long history in China and has been documented as early as 1486 during the Ming dynasty in Chuzhou Fu Zhi.[citation needed] Later, it was also mentioned in the Qing dynasty during the reigns of the Kangxi, Qianlong and Guangxu emperors.[citation needed]


Bamboo charcoal is made of bamboo by means of a pyrolysis process. According to the types of raw material, bamboo charcoal can be classified as raw bamboo charcoal and bamboo briquette charcoal. Raw bamboo charcoal is made of bamboo plant parts such as culms, branches, and roots. Bamboo briquette charcoal is made of bamboo residue, for example, bamboo dust, saw powder etc., by compressing the residue into sticks of a certain shape and carbonizing the sticks. There are two equipment processes used in carbonization, one is a brick kiln process, and the other is a mechanical process.


Bamboo charcoal is mainly used as fuel for cooking and drying tea in China and Japan.[citation needed] Most bamboo charcoal for fuel is bamboo briquette charcoal, and the rest is raw bamboo charcoal.[citation needed] As with any charcoal, bamboo charcoal can be used to purify water and eliminate organic impurities and smells.[citation needed] Drinking water sterilized with chlorine can be treated with bamboo charcoal to remove residual chlorine and chlorides.[citation needed] Thomas Edison's original light bulb had a carbonized bamboo filament.[citation needed]

Bamboo vinegar, or pyroligneous acid, is extracted when making charcoal and is used for hundreds of treatments in almost all fields. This liquid contains 400 different chemical compounds and can be applied for many purposes including cosmetics, insecticides, deodorants, food processing, and agriculture.

There is some evidence that adding bamboo charcoal or bamboo vinegar to the diets of fish or poultry may increase their growth rates.[1][2]

Health Hazards[edit]

Like with any other charcoal, long exposure to bamboo charcoal dust can cause Black Lung and some types of cancer also known to be related to coal, as shown by the WHO.[citation needed]

The US FTC warns that soft linen products marketed as made from bamboo charcoal is actually rayon and are produced using toxic compounds that release pollutants into the air.[3][4]

Popular culture[edit]

Burger King is using bamboo charcoal as an ingredient in its cheese for a new promotional burger in Japan called the Kuro Pearl and Kuro Ninja burgers.[5]


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