If you're looking for a fragrant and purifying experience, incense is the answer. Incense can be used to cleanse and bless both your home and your body. There are many different types of incense available, but resin incense is one of the most popular varieties.

Resin incense has been used for centuries in religious ceremonies and for personal well-being. It is made from the sap of trees, which is collected, dried, and then burned. While there are many different types of resin incense available, all of them share some common characteristics. Resin incense is often woodsy or earthy in scent, and it can be used to promote relaxation and healing.

In this blog post, we'll teach you how to burn resin incense safely and effectively. Besides, we also provide tips on how to use resin incense, as well as what to look for when choosing this type of incense. So, if you're interested in trying out resin incense, read on for more information.

1. What is resin incense?

Resin incense is made from the gums and resins of certain trees and plants. When these materials are burned, they release a fragrant smoke that can be used for purposes such as purification, protection, and healing.

Resin incense has been used for centuries by various cultures all over the world. In some cases, it is even used in religious ceremonies. For example, frankincense, myrrh, copal, and dragon blood are the most popular types of resin incense.

Burning resin incense can have many benefits. For example, it can help to cleanse and purify your space. It can also provide you with protection from negative energy. Additionally, the smoke from burning resin incense can also be used for healing purposes.

You can learn more about the history, origin, and uses of resin incense in the article: What is resin incense?

If you are interested in trying out resin incense, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, it is important to purchase resin incense from a reputable source. This will ensure that you are getting a quality product.

It is also important to follow the directions on the package carefully. Incorrectly burning resin incense can cause it to produce harmful fumes. Finally, make sure to store your resin incense in a cool, dry place.

If you follow these tips, you should be able to enjoy the many benefits of burning resin incense without any problems.

Here are the 3 most popular and effective ways to burn resin incense.

2. Burn directly on hot charcoal

To burn resin incense directly on charcoal, you will need:

  • A piece of charcoal
  • Resin incense
  • Charcoal burner
  • Ash, sand, or small gravel
  • Tongs
  • A lighter or matches

The process goes as follows:

  1. First, fill the furnace with ash or sand 3/4 full to create insulation. Then place your burner on a heat-resistant surface. Take care to stay away from flammable items such as curtains.
  2. Using tongs to hold the coal, ignite your piece of coal with a lighter, match, or gas stove. Then, wait for the charcoal to turn white around the edges. this will take a few minutes.
  3. Place hot coals on the sand inside your coal furnace.
  4. Using tongs place a small amount of incense resin over the hot coals. As the resin incense burns, it will release fragrant smoke. You can enjoy this fragrant smoke while meditating or simply relaxing.
  5. If the resin incense burns out, you can add another piece if you want.
  6. When you are finished, allow the charcoal to cool completely before disposing of it.

The advantage of this method is simplicity and convenience. It is suitable for those who are just starting to use incense resin.

However, it has the disadvantage of creating a lot of smoke and sometimes a burning smell because the resin is burned too quickly.

To overcome this drawback, let's come to the second way of burning incense resin.

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3. Burning resin incense slowly

If you want to enjoy the scent of your resin incense for a long time, it's important to burn it slowly. This method of burning incense is based on the Japanese art of burning aromatics slowly. It has detailed instructions as follows:

  1. Pour the rice husk ash into the incense cup and do not compact it.
  2. Next, stir the ash clockwise with a chopstick. Dig the ashes in this way so that the air allows the coals to burn properly.
  3. After preparing the ash, use a metal chopstick to make a hole about 2cm deep in the middle to put the coal.
  4. Use tongs to ignite your coal until it's bright red in the center and white on the entire outside. Then place the coal pellet in the prepared ash hole.
  5. Next, you take your metal chopsticks and start coating the coals with ashes. Remember, coal needs air to burn properly. Therefore, the ash should not be compacted too tightly. This will help the coals burn better.
  6. Use metal chopsticks to make holes or vents into the coals. This allows the most heat to rise in the center where you will place the aluminum foils and resin incense.
  7. Allow the charcoal to heat up for a minute or two before placing your resin incense on top. Be sure to use a heat-resistant surface, such as a ceramic dish, underneath.
  8. Enjoy the slow, steady scent of your resin incense as it burns!

This method has the advantage of a longer burning time and a more subtle aroma. Besides, it also burns very cleanly and produces almost no smoke. However, it is also quite difficult to do. You should practice many times to have your own experience.

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4. Use an electric burner

If you find the way to burn resin incense too difficult but still want a great scent experience, perhaps an electric incense burner will be right for you.

With the use of an electric incense burner, it will make your resin burn slowly, very cleanly, and produce almost no black smoke. Besides, the burning time of incense resin will be significantly increased with the same amount. If burned directly on coal for 8-10 minutes, with an electric burner, it lasts up to 45 minutes.

Here's how to do it in detail:

  1. Place the electric burner on a heat-resistant surface.
  2. Place the included thin aluminum disc inside the burner.
  3. Place the resin incense on the aluminum disc.
  4. Turn on the switch and control the appropriate temperature.
  5. Enjoy the scent of your burning resin incense! It's easy, isn't it?

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5. Some tips use resin incense

Resin incense has been used for centuries in many cultures for its pleasing aroma and purported ability to promote relaxation. Today, you can find resin incense in a variety of scents and forms. Here are some tips on how to use resin incense:

  1. If you are using an electric incense burner, add a small amount of water to the bowl before adding the resin. This will help to prevent the resin from sticking to the burner and making a mess.
  2. Place the desired amount of resin on the burner. Depending on the size of your burner, you may need to adjust the amount of resin you use.
  3. Light the resin with a match or lighter. Allow it to burn for a few seconds before blowing it out.
  4. Enjoy the aroma of your burning resin. You can leave it burning for as long as you like or extinguish it when the scent becomes too strong.
  5. When you are finished, simply allow the resin to cool before disposing of it in the trash.
  6. Besides, you should also use incense in moderation, store them properly and follow safety rules to avoid unwanted fire.

Resin incense is a great way to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy without having to use essential oils. By following these tips, you can enjoy the wonderful scents of resin incense in your home without any hassle.

Use resin incense sparingly and follow safety rules.

Use resin incense sparingly and follow safety rules.


Resin incense is a great way to enjoy the scent of your favorite fragrance without having to light a candle or use an oil diffuser. There are many ways to burn resin incense, and each has its own benefits. We’ve shared some tips on how to get the most out of your resin incense, but we want to know what you think. Have you tried burning it directly on hot charcoal? Or maybe you prefer using an electric burner? 

We hope you’ve found this guide on how to use resin incense helpful. Let us know in the comments what your favorite method of burning resin is, and feel free to share any tips you may have. Happy incensing!


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