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Incense burning box

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Fri May 28, 2010 10:22 pm

I finally got what I think is called a coffin-style incense burner. It's so awesome! It's so much neater and cleaner, I just love it! I strongly recommend it for offerings or if you just like to burn incense.

Mine looks a lot like this:


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Re: Incense burning box

Postby do_not_zzz » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:33 am

Very nice! Mine is of similar shape, but the wood is a different color.

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Re: Incense burning box

Postby catmoon » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:13 pm

do_not_zzz wrote:Very nice! Mine is of similar shape, but the wood is a different color.

-dnz


Do they get stinky after a while? I have a chimney-type burner and it gets all coated in tar and starts smelling more like an ashtray than incense. And it is very difficult to clean.

Any advice?
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Re: Incense burning box

Postby do_not_zzz » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:37 am

Honestly, mine has yet to do that. Want kind of incense are you burning? Is the incense so close to the holder that it is burning places into the wood? Not sure if that has anything at all to do with it, but I'm just trying to think what could make it smell like an ashtray.

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Re: Incense burning box

Postby Mr. G » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:19 pm

I received a coffin style burner too. Is it OK to burn incense sticks and have the cover down?
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Re: Incense burning box

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:11 am

mr. gordo wrote:I received a coffin style burner too. Is it OK to burn incense sticks and have the cover down?


That's how I've been doing it and it's working great! :)

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Re: Incense burning box

Postby catmoon » Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:08 am

K, give it a coupla months of daily use and report back, ok?

I am most interested if there is a solution to the stinky tar problem.
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Re: Incense burning box

Postby Devotee » Sun Jun 06, 2010 12:35 pm

The tar problem is common for all types of incense burners, esp those with lids on them.

But for some people, this is sort of a good thing; the tar you would otherwise inhale is blocked by the cover. The cover develops a resinous patina with continued usage, and acts like a filter.

Good quality incense will not leave a stinky coating; rather, the coating will have the same smell as the incense.

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Re: Incense burning box

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:29 pm

catmoon wrote:K, give it a coupla months of daily use and report back, ok?

I am most interested if there is a solution to the stinky tar problem.


Catmoon, that is weird but I can see how it would happen. I close the box so all of the everything stays in the box. Only the wafting scent emerges from the holes on the top of the box.

If it gets icky I can go back to my old school incense burner, it's just that it gets ashes everywhere no matter how careful I try to be, and then I'm cleaning up the shrine way more often.

Will report back with results...

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Re: Incense burning box

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:30 pm

Devotee wrote:The tar problem is common for all types of incense burners, esp those with lids on them.

But for some people, this is sort of a good thing; the tar you would otherwise inhale is blocked by the cover. The cover develops a resinous patina with continued usage, and acts like a filter.

Good quality incense will not leave a stinky coating; rather, the coating will have the same smell as the incense.


I use good and bad incense :emb:

Depends on finances.

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Re: Incense burning box

Postby Devotee » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:51 am

Most Tibetan and Indian incense brands are good. Avoid incense that is heavily colored and smells artificial, as is the case with mainland Chinese/HK and American incense.

If you have access to it, Taiwanese incense seems to be moderately priced compared to Tibetan and Indian incense, and is quite good.

Buy in bulk to save money; good incense will keep for years.

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Re: Incense burning box

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:07 am

Devotee wrote:Most Tibetan and Indian incense brands are good. Avoid incense that is heavily colored and smells artificial, as is the case with mainland Chinese/HK and American incense.

If you have access to it, Taiwanese incense seems to be moderately priced compared to Tibetan and Indian incense, and is quite good.

Buy in bulk to save money; good incense will keep for years.


Thanks :)

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Re: Incense burning box

Postby el gatito » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:04 am

Devotee wrote:Most Tibetan and Indian incense brands are good. Avoid incense that is heavily colored and smells artificial, as is the case with mainland Chinese/HK and American incense.

If you have access to it, Taiwanese incense seems to be moderately priced compared to Tibetan and Indian incense, and is quite good.

Buy in bulk to save money; good incense will keep for years.


As no incense whatsoever is available locally (well, in a bit remote rural area), and as Tibetan incense are not available even in the nearest town (there are Indian ones -- but they all smell artificial here) -- I simply take 3 to 5 long pieces of eucalyptus bark, seriously, and they burn just fine, like very good incense.

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Re: Incense burning box

Postby Devotee » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:45 pm

Wow. Impressive. :-)

That's what real incense is to me--fragrant wood in its purest form.

When I dont have incense, I do something similar---powdered cinnamon smells great, and works like a self-igniting incense powder. Just sprinkle a layer over ash, light with a lighter until an ember glows, and it's on it;s way. :-)

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Re: Incense burning box

Postby Mr. G » Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:00 pm

Ngawang Drolma wrote:
mr. gordo wrote:I received a coffin style burner too. Is it OK to burn incense sticks and have the cover down?


That's how I've been doing it and it's working great! :)

Best,
Laura


Yeah, it's been working well for me too.

Devotee wrote:But for some people, this is sort of a good thing; the tar you would otherwise inhale is blocked by the cover. The cover develops a resinous patina with continued usage, and acts like a filter.


Great tip Devotee, thanks!
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