If you burn incense resins on charcoal, you know how awkward it can be to hold and light a charcoal tablet, then to add the resin to it without burning your fingers. These make a delicate job a little easier. A must-have for safe handling of self-igniting charcoal for your meditation or cleansing sessions. You can use them for many other things, e.g., for selecting ice or sugar cubes or adding small amounts of herbs to a still. So why not treat yourself to one of these handy little items?
How to Burn Resin Incense
Light your charcoal piece and place it into your offering bowl. Don't hold the charcoal with your fingers - use tongs or even pliers. Apply a flame to the side of the charcoal piece for about 20 seconds. The charcoal will self-ignite across the surface. Charcoal does not light easily if laying flat on some surface or in a bowl. It is best to hold the charcoal in the air with tongs when applying the flame to the charcoal. Wait for the charcoal to ignite and warm up. This usually takes about 3 minutes. You will notice the charcoal starting to go gray around the edges. Add resin, herb or powder incense. Just place a small amount on top of the charcoal. The resin or herbs will begin to burn and release their essential oils through the smoke. Every aromatic herb and resin has different properties and can evoke different moods. Experiment and enjoy!