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charcoal incense burner

How To Burn Charcoal Incense?

Are you looking to light up your place with some charcoal incense? Well, then you have landed in the right place. Charcoal incense burners are a great way to light up a room. However, burning it is not always easy, especially if you’re a newbie. 

We understand that you’ll be pretty scared of dealing with burning charcoal. You might not want to for fear of getting burnt or whatnot. Without suitable precautions, you might end up causing a fire. 

But, worry not, we’ve got your back. In today’s article, we’ll be talking about how to use a charcoal incense burner. We’ll be talking about six different methods so keep reading. 

Materials Needed 

You’ll need the following materials for a charcoal incense burner:

· Natural incense mixture 

· Incense burner

· Natural incense charcoal

· Tweezers

· Lighter

Step-By-Step Guide For Burning Essence

Below is a step-by-step guide for burning incense with some charcoal.

Step 1 

Fill up the incense bowl with at least two inches of sand. It’ll act as an insulator for your burner, which is something to consider when charcoal can burn up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. 


Step 2

You can start by lighting the edge of chemical-free bamboo charcoal. Hold the charcoal with a pair of tweezers. Never hold the charcoal in your hands. Moreover, if your charcoal cracks or sparks on lighting, it probably contains toxic chemicals. You should switch it out for chemical-free natural wood charcoals for the best results. 


Step 3

Next, place the lit charcoal right in the center of the burner. You can use white chaff since it allows for air circulation around the charcoal. You can also go for crushed rock, decomposed granite, or simple sand. 


Step 4

You should let three-quarters of the charcoal burn red-hot. Then it’ll be light grey all over. It’ll take like two to four minutes. If you don’t wait for the charcoal to get red-hot, the incense will smother, therefore extinguishing the charcoal. 


Step 5

Next, sprinkle some incense right on top of the hot charcoal to release the fragrance. You’ll see some smoke rise up. Just don’t use too much incense. You don’t want your incense completely covered up. 


Step 6

You can keep sprinkling the incense as long as you want to. The charcoal will stay enough to keep the incense burning for 45 minutes. 


Alternative Methods 

You can also try out other methods for setting up a charcoal incense burner

Method 1

One way for you to burn incense using charcoal is to bury the hot charcoal about half an inch under the ash. Just cover it entirely under the ask and sprinkle incense on top of it. This way, you’ll be able to burn the incense without much burning. 


Method 2

Next up, you can also use a sheet of Mica. Place it around the ash mound. You could also go with several sheets right on top of the charcoal. With the sheets in place, place your incense on the sheets. 


Method 3

Another method would be to replace the Mica sheet with an unglazed metallic bowl or ceramic tile on top of the burning charcoal. Once the tile is in place, sprinkle the incense on top of the tile. 


Method 4

If you don’t have any of the above materials available, you can simply go with creating a make-shift bowl and stand using some copper sheet or tin foil. Let it sit over the coal, and as for the incense, hold it close to the sheet but not directly on top of the coal-like before. 


Method 5 – The Heating Method


You can also go with the heating method, where you’ll be essentially heating the incense instead of smoldering it. The initial steps are the same – filling the burner with sand, lighting up the charcoal, and letting it get red hot. 


Next, you either let the charcoal get covered with ash or sand and then wrap it up with aluminum foil. Just make sure there’s enough air following through it to keep the charcoal burning. The rest of the steps are the same. You simply place the incense over the charcoal and let it heat up. 


If you’re going to use a charcoal incense burner, you need to take care of a few things. Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Keep your charcoal tablets in a cool place and in airtight packaging. This will help you maintain freshness and guarantee quick lighting and long burn time. 

2. If your incense says match light, then you can burn it without coal. 

3. If you’re using wood chips, make sure they’re the size of a grain of rice. 

4. If you’re using aluminum foil, don’t pick it up until it’s properly cooled down. You’ll get burned otherwise. 

5. Keep all hot charcoals and incense burners away from children. 

6. Don’t leave burning charcoal unattended.

7. Make sure the charcoal is completely extinguished before you throw it away. You don’t want your trash to catch fire. 

8. The best way to go about it is to let the charcoal stay overnight and discard it overnight. 

9. Don’t touch the charcoal tablet at any point after you have lit it up. 

10. Make sure the room where you’re burning the charcoal incense burner has proper air ventilation. 

11. Keep the tablets away from moisture. They’re susceptible to humidity. 


All in all, it’s pretty easy to use a charcoal incense burner. You can go with either smoldering the incense or burning it. You can also use aluminum foil or mica sheets. You’re free to choose whatever method that works for you. There’s also no need to fear the burning charcoal. 


As long as you’re using tweezers and taking the necessary precautions, you’ll be good to go. Take extra care when throwing out your tablets. Also, keep your tablets in a safe place. We hope this article answers all your queries. If you’ve got more, feel free to reach out to us. 

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