- Powdered incense
- Charcoal disc
- Heatproof incense burner or bowl
- Lighter or matches
- Sand (optional)
- Tongs (optional)
Prepare Your Burner: First, ensure that your incense burner or bowl is heatproof and stable. This is important as the charcoal disc will get hot during the process. Some people prefer to fill the bottom of the burner with sand or ash to help insulate the bottom and prevent the heat from transferring.
Light the Charcoal: Hold the charcoal disc with tongs (if you have them) and light it with a lighter or match. Make sure the charcoal starts to glow and sparkles across the top surface. This can take a few minutes. Be cautious during this step, as the charcoal can spark and pop when it's being lit.
Wait for the Charcoal: Allow the charcoal disc to warm up for a few minutes until it turns white or grayish in color. This indicates that the charcoal is hot enough to start burning the incense. It's important to wait until it's properly heated to get the best results.
Add the Incense: Take a small amount of powdered incense and sprinkle it on top of the hot charcoal disc. You don't need a lot, just a pinch or so will do. The incense should start to smoke and release its fragrance.
Enjoy the Aroma: The incense will smolder on the charcoal disc, producing fragrant smoke. This can be used for meditation, rituals, relaxation, or simply to scent your space. Add more incense as needed, but always be careful not to overfill the charcoal and extinguish it.
Extinguish the Charcoal: When you're done, let the charcoal disc cool down completely. It should be cold to the touch before you attempt to dispose of it. If you need to extinguish it before then, you can cover it with sand.
Remember, always practice fire safety when burning incense. Never leave burning incense unattended, and ensure your incense burner is on a heat-resistant surface away from flammable items.