Great for enjoying the aroma of resins and Bakhour without the heavy smoke and charred scent that comes with burning incense on coals.
These incense burners open up a whole new dimension of experience when it comes to appreciating resin incense and other aromatic materials.
Where charcoals burn hot, generate a lot of smoke and consume incense quickly, incense heaters can often deliver hours of aromatic experience that is all fragrance and not all smoke.
Solidly constructed from steel and copper, these burners are easy on the eye, stable and work well.
This is my new go-to burner in the house.
To keep the burning tray clean, I cut out a 2-inch round or square from aluminum foil, press it into the heating tray so it forms a little bowl keeping hot liquid resins within it. Be mindful the tray is very hot when the heater is on and do not press the foil into the tray with your fingers when it is hot! Wait till the burner has completely cooled before moving or replacing the foil.
Precut foil squares, rounds and foil cups are available on Amazon and eBay.
Some important notes on using these burners-
-Resins that contain water-soluble gum such as Myrrh, Scented Myrrh and most types of Frankincense will need to be coarsely crushed before burning.
-Always use the cork base. The unit gets very HOT and may damage whatever it is sitting on.
-Do not touch the tray or the stand while the burner is lit. They get very hot very quickly and can burn your fingers. Wait till the unit has cooled down before repositioning it.
-Some tealights work better than others. Slightly taller tea lights are best. If you find your resin isn’t burning properly, either replace the tealight or place a thick coin under the tealight. Beeswax candles work well but are expensive.
-Periodically scrub the bottom of the copper tray with warm water and soap to remove the lampblack residue that accumulates. It can eventually insulate the tray and reduce effectiveness.
-Always keep burners away from curtains, cats, kids and other flammable materials!
-Do not leave burners with lit candles unattended.