Types Of Incense

Is That With or Without The Stick?

Stick incense comes to us from many different traditions (e.g. Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan, etc.). Their unique recipes, forms, and names grew out of their diverse social, medicinal and religious practices. So, it stands to reason that this one very general term could never adequately describe them all. 

To help clear the air about this term and how it's used let's take a look at the two basic types of sticks and some of their common synonyms:
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What Is Shamanic Smudging?

What Is Shamanic Smudging?

Shamanic smudging—or just smudging—is an age-old tribal tradition which has been used for centuries to create harmony and peace. There are many different shamanic smudging ceremonies, and different tribes use a variety of herbs for smudging. 
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Incense Burners 101


When faced with so many types of incense burners it can be tricky choosing the best one for the job. But with a quick look through our handy guide you'll be on your way to creating a perfect match!
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What's so unique about a Bowl Burner?


Without a doubt, it's the single most versatile incense burner ever made! No other combination burner can even come close to a simple bowl filled with ash here's why:

A Bowl Shaped Incense Burner Can Burn Virtually Any Kind Of Incense

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Burnable Incense vs. Heated Incense


Overtime we've come to embrace the term incense burning. It's made its way into our everyday vernacular. We use it on a regular basis whenever we talk about incense and yet this term can be very misleading. This so called "burning" activity is actually better described as "smoldering" or in some applications even "heating."
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Burning Incense III

Using The Indirect Method For Non-Combustible Incense

Loose, Powdered & Granulated: Resins,
Wood Chips, Herbs & Kneaded Incense

Burning Incense On Smoldering Charcoal

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Burning Incense II

All you need to know about self burning incense sticks, cones, flat coils, hanging spirals, and dhoop. Step-by-step instructions that will really get you smoking.

Incense Sticks, Incense Cones, Flat Coils, Hanging Spirals, Dhoop (Dry & Moist)

Burning Incense Sticks

  • Light the tip of the incense stick. If your incense has a bamboo stick, hold the uncoated portion of the bamboo stick and light the opposite "coated" end. If it's a solid stick you can light either end. 

  • Gently extinguish the flame by blowing or fanning. Your incense should glow red and give off a delicate wisp of pale fragrant smoke indicating that it is slowly burning or "smoldering." 

  • Place the unlit end in an appropriate incense burner.
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Burning Incense I

Burning incense can brighten your day in a moments time... but if not used with care it can easily put a big damper on any occasion. Here are some basic tips for keeping all your incense burning experiences safe and pleasant. You're probably familiar with most of them -- but who knows, you just might find one or two gems in the bunch.

Caution: This is Hot Stuff!

  • It seems obvious, but it can never "hurt" to mention it. Always use caution -- burning incense is hot stuff. 

  • Brushing against the glowing tip of a burning incense can cause a significant burn on the skin or ruin a favorite article of clothing. 

  • Always place your burner on a heat-resistant surface, such as a trivet or ceramic tile. Depending on what method you're using the outside of your censer may get very hot. 

  • If you're using charcoal tablets to burn non-combustible incense always use a burner that can take the heat. Charcoal can burn at up to 1500 degrees F. -- that's very, very hot! See below.
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