In the past, many aromatic substances were first discovered when they were tossed on to a smouldering fire. Charcoal tablets are a modern variation on this ancient method. Use this modern day method to burn a variety of non-combustible materials such as herbs, woods and resin incense.
Bamboo charcoal is smokeless and odorless when burned and is not made with chemical additives so it will not detract from the incense burning experience.These tablets are concave on one side to allow the burning material to be placed inside.
Remember, charcoal tablets must be burned in a heat proof dish with at least 2 inches of sand or natural ash for insulation. Charcoal can burn up to 1,500 degrees F!
Charcoal tablets are most easily lit over an open flame - tweezers or tongs should always be used to hold the charcoal while it is being lit. Wait until the charcoal is glowing red hot and is covered with greyish-white ash. This can take up to 5 minutes. Fanning or blowing on the charcoal can help to ignite the entire surface.
Once the charcoal is lit, it should be placed at the peak of the insulation material to allow air circulation. A pinch or two of the incense material can be added at this point. As the smoke begins to thin out, more material can be added. The charcoal will stay hot enough to burn incense for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Incense can also be burned indirectly over the charcoal by placing ash or tin foil on top of the burning tablet. This will create a longer lasting burn with a more subtle, full-bodied aroma.
Charcoal tablets should always be stored in a cool, dry location to ensure quick lighting and long burn time.