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Choosing Incense Burners for your Home

Updated on July 20, 2010

Incense is an increasingly popular and effective way to scent your home as well as using incense in religious ceremonies and to aid concentration in meditation. If you frequently use incense then you’ll need an incense burner to hold the incense safely while it burns and collect the falling ash. You can buy burners to hold stick incense or joss sticks and a cone incense burner to hold the cone or pyramid shape. Incense burners are available in a range of materials including brass, wood and glass and any shape imaginable to suit anyone from the teenager wanting to cover up the smell of smoke in his bedroom to the priest burning incense in a religious ceremony.

Incense burners are inexpensive and you will probably want at least a few of them to burn a few pieces of incense at the same time. If you frequently use a lot of incense, you may want to consider buying wholesale incense burners which can save you quite a bit of money. The type and style you choose depends on the type of incense you will be burning, your reasons for burning it (religious, or just because you like the smell) and the look you’re going for to fit into your home.

photo by ashley-rly on flickr
photo by ashley-rly on flickr

Decorative Incense Burners

For a decorative style if you really want to make a statement in your home, dragon incense burners are very popular. A dragon incense burner has a dramatic feel to it and conjures up images of ancient china and myth and magic. You can buy them in porcelain, stone and cast resin, in different styles depending on the look you are going to and they make a great talking point.

As well as dragons, other imagery from the East is always popular and works well with incense which is used in many Asian religions. A Chinese incense burner in traditional style is ornate and decorative, resembling a metal dish. They look beautiful as well as being useful. Or you may prefer the look of a Japanese incense burner which is of a similar design with simpler lines. Religious symbols are always popular too such as the ‘om’ symbol or a Buddha incense burner.

Brass Incense Burners

For a more subtle and traditional look, a brass incense burner is a great choice. Brass is used to hold incense traditionally in many different cultures and you can choose from a wide range of styles. A common style for brass is as a hanging incense burner which can be used with incense cones or charcoal and powder incense and is associated with the Catholic Church as well as several other religions around the world. Brass incense burners work well because they will not burn and any ash and soot can be quickly and easily wiped away.

Electric Incense Burners

If you would like to control the intensity of the scent from your incense or want to burn a range of different types of incense and incense oils then you might want to consider an electric incense burner. These allow you to control the temperature and heat a substance within a foil tray. Electric incense burners are also a good choice if you are wary of using open flames around your home. These devices work great for creating your own incense as you can simply mix your own blend of flowers, herbs, wood chips and fragrance oils.

Finally if you like the fragrance that burning incense gives but you don’t like the smoke, you may prefer to burn incense oil. In this case you will need some incense oil burners that gently heat the fragrance oil, releasing the scent into the air without smoke. Some burners, such as the electric incense burner mentioned above, are capable of burning both stick and cone incense and incense oils.


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      Eternal Evolution 

      8 years ago from kentucky

      nice hub. i love incense and burn it all the time. i have several burners and am always looking for unique ones.

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      8 years ago from Seattle

      Incense burners work especially well to change out the air in an apartment in the wintertime when the windows are all closed up. Thanks for all of the wonderful suggestions. Nice hub.


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