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About Burners

Incense burners, incense holders, ash catchers come in various sizes and shapes.  Some are used for one kind of incense, others are more multi-purpose. 

Simple wooden incense burners are long and narrow to accomodate an incense stick and have a hole at the end that slopes upward.  The incense stick is lit and then the flame is blown out with the breath. The bamboo end of the smoldering incense stick is then placed in the hole so the ashes are "caught" on the length of wood below.  Most incense holders are 10" or 12" long, but there are some that are longer or shorter to accomodate jumbo or mini sticks. See our Holders Burner Boxes category.

Tibetan incense is thick and can be burned in a Tibetan burner box. Tibetan incense sticks are made by traditional methods, thousands of years old.  For most of that time, people would just take a container and put some river sand in it.  And then just stick the incense in it.  You can use some earth or gravel in a flower pot, too.  Just don't scare the wits out of some poor plant... they don't like fire. And make sure if it falls over, it still will land inside the container.

Over time, we lovers of Tibetan incense deliberately buy Tibetan sticks that say they have a burner of any sort inside, and then save that burner or holder forever, using it whenever it fits the stick width.  Also, there is
a very nice Tibetan ladder style burner you can get at our website.  Just put a little gravel or sand in the bottom so the stick will just go out in that sand, not scorching the wood. We like these for the longer sticks especially. Of course, you can also break the longer stick in two, just burning shorter pieces that fit in your container and not have to spend more money.

The Indian incense sticks usually have the bamboo end.  The Tibetan or other solid incense examples are sometimes called "dhoop" or "extruded" incense because they are solid incense.

Dhoop sticks without the word incense in between, often refers to the small solid sticks that are often burned inside the hole that is in the box they came in.  See our Dhoop Stick category for examples and another
inexpensive journey into the land of incense.

Traditional or resin incense is placed above or on charcoal in a brass burner or censer.

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