Prepare a censer or fireproof dish, we have several types available at Mermade that we have found to work the best. Adding sand or white ash to the censer is a good idea. It absorbs heat from the censer and lets air under the charcoal for better burning. Or use a resin censer which has a screen on top to let the ashes fall through in to the censer bowl. Frankincense is one incense that burns very well on charcoal and the smoke itself is very intoxicating. (See Basic Method Article) Try to use a high quality charcoal disk or tablet like the chemical free bamboo tablets from Japan or the quick light type used for Hookahs which which light very cleanly. In the middle east coals are taken right from the home’s hearth are used. Types like Three Kings (from church and occult supply stores) have the highest chemical content.
When coal is lit completely apply frankincense, on charcoal most of the scent will be dispersed in the first minute or two, depending on the heat. That is why using foils with the charcoal is good idea. For when the scent of the incense is spent you can simply lift it off the hot coal .
Since we found the Golden Lotus Heater I seldom use charcoal disks anymore...but here is an idea for those times (like outdoors) when you want to burn fine incense on a self igniting charcoal "cup". You know the ones like 3 Kings or our Golden style. This will keep the scorching down and allow more aroma from your resins and blends.
- light charcoal (those "wind resistant" BBQ lighters work Great)
- Place disk on bed of sand or ash in censer (ash for faster lighting) or use a special resin censer with a screen (as pictured below, Mermade Resin Censer Set
- Wait until charcoal is fully lit and covered with white ash (be patient)
- pour salt into the Charcoal "cup", filling it - be sire to use table salt, course sea salt can have too much moisture still in it and cause "spitting"
- place incense upon the mound of salt which will act as partial insulation from the direct heat of the coal.
....then let the wonderful scent arise.
Also see our new idea, the Incense Charcoal Tripod. For the full instructions and to order go here,
The Incense Tripod
|This article was published on Thursday 29 March, 2012.|