Resins and woods are the raw ingredients of incenses. A resin is the dried sap that was "bled" from a tree. It contains sugars and other compounds found in the plant or tree's sap, which is why most have a sweet scent when burned. Other products in this category are chipped or ground up woods, like Sandalwood. These are often used as a base for powdered incenses, and like resins, most smell very good burned on their own. I also include Sage leaf and smudge sticks in this section because they are used in similar ways.

How to burn resins

The charcoals used to burn resins get very hot. Use a burner made for resin incense, with a metal screen or with sand or rocks to insulate from the heat.

We often break the charcoals in half because they burn for nearly an hour. Light the charcoal with a lighter or match, and when it starts to spark, put it in the burner.

lt is best to let the whole charcoal begin to glow before adding any resin. Then sprinkle on the resin as desired, a little bit at a time. lf you add too much or cover the charcoal completely, you might put out the charcoal. Also, most natural resin incenses smell better when burned in small amounts at a time.

Keep away from kids and pets. Let the charcoal burn down completely, and make sure it's all ash before throwing out because it could set trash on fire. Ask us how we know!

We don't clean the burner after every use. When there is a collection of ash in the burner, pour contents into strainer over the sink and rinse with water. Let dry, and put rocks back in burner. (If you use sand you'll just have to dump the whole mess and use fresh sand).

Store unused charcoal in a zip-lock bag or in a jar, because they won't burn well if they collect humidity from the air.


$13 cocktail glass and ornamental gravel  

Burner for charcoal incense and resins

There are many nice and a whole lot more cheezy burners fro charcoal incense from import stores, and many people use Native American traditional Abalone shells. My solution is: I shop the many resale stores of Austin TX, and buy nice oversized cocktail or martini glasses, and then you can choose the ornamental gravel that goes into the glass to prevent the burning charcoal from cracking the glass. I've got black pebbles, mixed natural colored pebbles and silver-painted stone chips. Let me know if you have a preference. I will try to keep the photos up-to-date, but you might get something similar to the photo, because I'm buying them individually at resale shops. I really like this apparatus more than the import burners, because the long stem of the glass allows you to carry the incense about the house.

Now you could accomplish this yourself with a trip to a used clothing store and a Joanns, but here I have done it for you already!

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