Charcoal Starter

February 22, 2008

Charcoal Starter can ignite charcoal in 60 seconds without lighter fluid using air that is heated to 1,290° F. Simply plug the device into a standard wall outlet, place the metal tip into the charcoal and hold down the button. When the charcoal sparks, remove the tip from the coals, but continue to point the unit at the charcoal for sixty seconds.

Extract from Hammacher Schlemmer

Deodorizing Refrigerator Egg

December 19, 2007

Stainless steel deodorizing egg keeps your refrigerator
smelling fresh. Just add new charcoal every few months.. I like!

Extract from King Arthur Flour

Bamboo Charcoal

December 25, 2006


I brought my mum to the Singapore Garden Festival 2 days ago… It was breathe taking… covering 2 floors in the suntec convention centre, there were garden designs from all over the world to compete for the best garden award, Singapore orchids exhibits and hundreds of plant stalls hawking their wares…

Then I discovered… Bamboo Charcoal. Called Takesumi or Chikutan in Japanese, bamboo charcoal burnt at high temperatures exhibits properties vastly different from the bamboo plant, including a high density and porous structure.

The many cavities of bamboo charcoal can attach different substances to their walls, and then release them later. For example, they can absorb moisture from humid air, and then release it during dry conditions. This makes it an excellent humidity regulator. It also has high mineral content such as calcium, potassium, sodium and iron. Bamboo charcoal has other benefits, too: it absorbs unpleasant room odours and harmful substances, generates negative ions that will put people in a better frame of mind, and emits far-infrared that helps to improve blood circulation.Also known as “Black Diamond”, bamboo charcoal products are well received in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Over the years, many uses have been created for household to bedding and personal care.

I bought 2 chunky ones for SGD15.20 (I think I paid a bomb but I am happy with it) and they are now protecting me from the harmful rays of my 32″ screen infront of me. Click the link to see the other uses.

Extract from Bamboochartalk