Bamboo Charcoal

Bamboo charcoal is a type of charcoal that is made from bamboo, a fast-growing and renewable resource.

Charcoal from Bamboo
Bamboo Charcoal

It is often used for various purposes, including air purification, water filtration, and as a component in various products like toothbrushes and skincare items.

Bamboo Toothbrush with Charcoal and a Toothbrush Holder Made from Bamboo
Photograph by P R Priske

Bamboo charcoal is environmentally friendly. It is an ideal charcoal for your barbecue grills because not only does it have a high combustion value, it does not smoke and smell.

For in the home this type of charcoal can also be used as absorption material, see more about this below.

This charcoal is usually made from bamboo that are mature, at least five years old, and produced by burning the canes in an oven at over 800° temperatures.

The output efficiency of this material is 100 kg of raw canes produce 20 kg.

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An overview of how bamboo charcoal is made is given below.

Bamboo Charcoal Uses and Advantages

Briquettes are used as fuel for cooking but it is also available in its raw state. It is a good alternative fuel for your BBQ in the garden!

Bamboo charcoal can also be used to eliminate impure substances in water purification such as for removing the residues that are left from the process of water sterilisation with chlorine. Due to its high porosity, impurities are absorbed onto the wide surface area.

The ability to clean water is three times higher than that of wood charcoal. It is also reported to adjust the humidity in the air by absorbing moisture and converting it to dry, or if the air is too dry it will release its moisture into the air.

This product is used in the food, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, and in environment protection. It is also reported to be able to absorb radiation.

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Composition of Bamboo Charcoal

Carbon - 44.40 %
Hydrogen - 5.17 %
Oxygen - 43.00 %
Others - 7.43 %

The surface areas of the pores are 500 M2 per 1 M3. Wood has only 250 M2 per 1 M3.

How Bamboo Charcoal is Made, an Overview

Bamboo charcoal is created through a process that involves carbonising bamboo at high temperatures and then activating it. The following is an overvie of the process only and is not intended to be used as a detailed process. If you want to make bamboo charcoal you will need to do further research.

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Here's an overview of how bamboo charcoal is made:

Harvesting Bamboo:

The first step in making bamboo charcoal is harvesting bamboo. Bamboo is chosen because of its abundant and sustainable growth, making it an eco-friendly choice for charcoal production. It's essential to select bamboo that is mature and has a sufficient thickness for charcoal production.

Cutting and Drying:

After harvesting, the bamboo is cut into smaller pieces, typically into sections of uniform length. These bamboo sections are then left to dry, either naturally or through artificial means. Drying is crucial to reduce the moisture content of the bamboo, which aids in the carbonisation process.


Carbonisation is a process that involves heating the bamboo where oxygen is absent to convert it into charcoal. There are two main methods for carbonisation:

A. Traditional Kiln Method: In this method, the bamboo pieces are stacked in a kiln or an airtight container, and then the temperature is gradually increased. This process can take several days, and it requires careful control of temperature and airflow to prevent combustion and ensure the carbonisation process proceeds correctly.

B. Modern Mechanical Carbonisation: This method involves the use of modern machinery to automate and control the carbonisation process. Bamboo is heated at high temperatures in a controlled environment, and the carbonisation is completed in a shorter time compared to traditional methods.

Activation (Optional):

After carbonisation, some bamboo charcoal is subjected to an activation process. Activation involves exposing the charcoal to an oxidising gas, such as steam or carbon dioxide, at high temperatures. This process opens up tiny pores and increases the charcoal's surface area, making it more effective for adsorption (e.g., in air and water purification).

Cooling and Packaging:

Once the bamboo charcoal has been carbonised and, if desired, activated, it is cooled and then carefully packaged. It is crucial to store bamboo charcoal in a dry place to maintain its effectiveness.

The Result

The resulting bamboo charcoal is known for its porous structure, which gives it excellent adsorption properties. It can adsorb impurities and odours from the air and is often used in air purifiers, deodorisers, and water filters. Additionally, it is used in various products for its potential health and beauty benefits, although scientific evidence supporting these claims may vary.

Bi-Products from Bamboo Charcoal Production

Vinegar is a bi-product of the production. During production, the steam that comes out is condensed and used to produce vinegar.

The resulting vinegar is used in products such as; insecticides, food processing, agriculture, cosmetics, deodorants, organic fertilizer, and the oil are used as a preservative. It kills bacteria and expels unwanted smells.

For in your shoes you can get plug sock dryer deodorization, you can buy pet odour absorbers made from bamboo charcoal... room air deodorisers, car air fresheners, cosmetic cleansing sponges, tar vinegar detox bar soap... there is a long list of environmentally products made from this product.

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