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« Reply #15: July 01, 2007, 09:06:52 pm »

What is your favourite incense ? Do you like the cones or sticks better ?

I just tried the cone incense for the first time  2 weeks ago and I luv them ^_^ My favourite is Strawberry because its fun and sweet.
I like stick incense...very clean, except for the ashes (a specific platform helps in this area), but the quality varies quite a bit.  I get mine from a store that makes it's own.  Selections are limited, but it is almost always fresh.  Sticks imported directly from Asia is generally very good quality and very reasonably priced, but freshness becomes a concern.

Cone incense just doesn't do it for me...it leaves a nasty bit of residue on my burner, and the scent seems very short-lived.

I much prefer powders and crystals that are burnt on charcoal.  Yeah, there is still the clean up problem, but the scent is much stronger. Also, crystal forms of incense are available only in a few scents (comparitively speaking). 

I love powdered incense, as long as it is pure, and not the kind you just strike a match to and the salt peter keeps it lit.

But hey, it's your house and your reasons for burning incense.  Please yourself!  My opinion is that fresh stick is wonderful, and the stuff you burn on coals is better if you don't mind the extra work.
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« Reply #16: July 01, 2007, 09:22:15 pm »

My favourute incence is a loose one called Kyphi.  It is an Egyptian one and is very exotic.

I just went to a class on making it - it's some good stuff.  (Looking at Darkhawk's info, it seems like a simplified version.)
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« Reply #17: July 02, 2007, 03:43:56 am »

Alchemy Works has three variants, two made from surviving Greek recipes, one from one of the Edfu formulae.

Of the three, do you have a recommendation?
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« Reply #18: July 02, 2007, 02:18:32 pm »

Of the three, do you have a recommendation?

I haven't tried them yet, and I don't know which formula my old supplier used ...
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« Reply #19: July 02, 2007, 07:06:36 pm »

I haven't tried them yet, and I don't know which formula my old supplier used ...

Based on the descriptions on the website, I think the Dioscorides' sounds the most interesting.  I'm usually NOT an incense person (migraines), but this one is calling to me for some reason.  I think I might order some and try it.

Now for the stupid questions:

I've never used loose incense on charcoal.  How do you do it?  What do you put the charcoal on or in?  How do you light it?  How much incense do you put on it?  How to you put it out if necessary?
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« Reply #20: July 02, 2007, 07:40:08 pm »

I've never used loose incense on charcoal.  How do you do it?  What do you put the charcoal on or in?  How do you light it?  How much incense do you put on it?  How to you put it out if necessary?

The charcoal comes in pre-formed discs, which you put in a heatproof dish.  (I use a bowl full of sand.)  Then you light it at one side of the disc, and sparks sort of go in...  almost kind of a wave across the surface of the disc, and when the sparks are gone the disc is lit.  Then you put a heavy pinch of incense in the center of the disc (there's a depression there) and it smoulders.  (So you don't light the incense itself, you just drop it onto the lit charcoal.)  I haven't been doing this long, so I'm still working on figuring out the right amount of incense...  Generally, I start out light because I can always add more but it's difficult to subtract once it's on.

How to put it out if necessary--I presume like any other fire-type thing, by smothering or drowning it.  I've never had to deal with it myself.  The "regular sized" discs burn through in...  about half an hour-ish?  And I get smaller ones too that burn through in 10 minutes or so for when I need to burn quickly.
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« Reply #21: July 02, 2007, 07:43:35 pm »


Thanks, Star.

It sounds like something even I can handle.   Wink
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« Reply #22: July 02, 2007, 07:49:02 pm »

It sounds like something even I can handle.   Wink

Yeah, it's really pretty easy, you just have to be a little more careful about fire safety because of the charcoal (and the sparks can get a little wild when you light it).

I was looking for a link to show you the charcoal, and finally found it:
http://www.monasterygreetings.com/Products.asp?PCID=192

(The top item is actually the same brand of small discs that I use; for the larger ones I usually get Swiftlight brand since it's what's available locally.  But the discs themselves look very much the same as what's on that page.)
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« Reply #23: July 02, 2007, 07:52:00 pm »

I was looking for a link to show you the charcoal, and finally found it:
http://www.monasterygreetings.com/Products.asp?PCID=192

Thanks.  My friend sells charcoal disks in her store.  I've never used them though -- since I don't usually like incense -- so I didn't really know what the processs is.

Now, I just have to figure out an appopriate fireproof/heatproof dish (I like your sand idea).
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« Reply #24: July 02, 2007, 09:54:23 pm »

I've never used loose incense on charcoal.

Neither have I.

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How do you do it?

I don't.

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What do you put the charcoal on or in?  How do you light it?  How much incense do you put on it?  How to you put it out if necessary?

Okay, I'll stop being a complete wiseass now and actually be some use.

The way I burn loose incense goes like this:

Take a deep bowl.  Put a tea candle in it.

Put a strip of aluminum foil over the top of the bowl.  Generally I cut a narrow strip off the roll and fold it in have, making a sort of boat shape with folded-up sides with bits that fold over the outside of the bowl.

Put a pinch or two of powder in the boat.

Light the candle.

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« Reply #25: July 02, 2007, 10:11:26 pm »



The way I burn loose incense goes like this:

Take a deep bowl.  Put a tea candle in it.

Put a strip of aluminum foil over the top of the bowl.  Generally I cut a narrow strip off the roll and fold it in have, making a sort of boat shape with folded-up sides with bits that fold over the outside of the bowl.

Put a pinch or two of powder in the boat.

Light the candle.

Smiley

That sounds interesting. Does it produce as much smoke as say, the sticks?
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« Reply #26: July 03, 2007, 01:50:47 am »

That sounds interesting. Does it produce as much smoke as say, the sticks?

I find it less *smoky* than stick incense, but it produces plenty of *scent*.

Also, I find watching the resins melt and boil endlessly fascinating.

When the smell burns down, I can sometimes get more scent from the same stuff by stirring the powder a little so that the top surfaces are exposed to the direct heat (best to put in only a little to be sure it all gets properly baked); other times I need to put more on.  Eventually the resins and residue get too thick to burn anything else well, but hey, it was only a three-quarter-inch wide strip of tinfoil.
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« Reply #27: July 03, 2007, 02:20:25 am »

The way I burn loose incense goes like this:

Take a deep bowl.  Put a tea candle in it.

Put a strip of aluminum foil over the top of the bowl.  Generally I cut a narrow strip off the roll and fold it in have, making a sort of boat shape with folded-up sides with bits that fold over the outside of the bowl.

Put a pinch or two of powder in the boat.

Light the candle.

Smiley

Interesting.  So no charcoal involved in this process. That sounds great.
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« Reply #28: July 03, 2007, 01:44:08 pm »

Interesting.  So no charcoal involved in this process. That sounds great.

That trick was taught to me by a friend who'd just given me a couple of baggies of loose frankincense and myrrh.  (She had apparently wandered into a Catholic supply warehouse and said, "So, do you have incense?"  And they looked at her funny.)

It's easy, straightforward, tidy, and cheap.  All good. Smiley
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« Reply #29: July 03, 2007, 03:41:33 pm »

That trick was taught to me by a friend who'd just given me a couple of baggies of loose frankincense and myrrh.  (She had apparently wandered into a Catholic supply warehouse and said, "So, do you have incense?"  And they looked at her funny.)

It's easy, straightforward, tidy, and cheap.  All good. Smiley

How far above the tealight should the foil be?
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