Incense Burner - SCREEN CENSER, MEDIUM BRASS
BRASS SCREEN CENSER, or CHARCOAL INCENSE BURNER, suitable for burning self-igniting charcoal discs for use with resin or wood incense. An attractive and very popular brass censer approx 8 - 9cm in diameter, on a separate wooden base / coaster.
These screen censers are our favourite type, and can be used in a number of ways - see below. Perfect for burning charcoal tablets for resin incense such as Frankincense or Copal, though they can also be used to burn incense cones. The wooden coaster will save the brass from leaving heat marks on the surface beneath (you can also burn your charcoal on a bed of damp sand or earth if you're concerned with heat), while the brass screen above the charcoal will act as a screen to protect anything (or anyone) from touching the red-hot charcoal inside (see the note below for an alternate method for using these censers). These are beautiful little burners that you'll be delighted to have in your incense kit - one of our own personal favourites and our go-to resin censer style.
HANDMADE METAL INCENSE BURNERS: As many of our metal incense burners are handmade in small batches, they can sometimes have small imperfections which is part of what makes them special and unique. They are NOT mass produced and so any minor cosmetic imperfections are standard.
You can use our 'screen censers' in a couple of different ways. The standard method is to place the charcoal disc in the base of the bowl and once lit, place the screen over the top to stop little hands from touching it (burn on a heat proof surface using this method as the base will get VERY hot; we recommend adding a layer of damp sand or earth to the base of the censer beneath the charcoal, which will also help to dissipate the heat and stop the brass from heating so much). Alternately you may sit the charcoal ON TOP of the brass screen which allows the air to circulate around the charcoal (which usually means a more even burn and the tablet is less likely to go out). If using this method, we suggest placing the screen upside down which lowers the burning surface and forms a 'bowl' so there's less chance of bumping the hot charcoal off the burner while in use - however do be aware that the hot charcoal is exposed while burning using this method, so extra care must be taken. The choice is up to you - but you must ensure that whichever method you use, you take all care to ensure children or pets cannot access the burner as the charcoal burns red hot, and either method will result in a censer that is hot enough to burn the skin if touched. See the important SAFETY NOTE below re extinguishing your charcoal.
Lighting a Charcoal Tablet:
Place a charcoal disk in the censer bowl (try adding sand or earth beneath to help dissipate the heat), or on the inverted censer screen as above, and ignite. If you wish to hold the charcoal while lighting it, use tongs to tightly hold the tablet. A long-handled refillable BBQ lighter is the perfect tool to light your charcoal as it may take a minute or so for the sparks to take hold - we find it helpful to light one side/edge first, and then once it has a good start do the same on the opposite side for a good, even burn. After your edges are alight and the sparks have started continuously dancing over the top of the disk, leave for a few minutes until the entire disk glows red (much like a bbq heat bead), then it's ready to use.
Burning your resin:
Carefully add your resin incense to the indentation on the top of the tablet, a few pellets at a time - the resin will heat up or melt, releasing the aromatic smoke. Top up as necessary - resin incense is very strong and it doesn't take much to scent a room. Each charcoal tablet can last for around 20mins to half an hour and will naturally go out once spent. Allow the ash to cool before disposing - see the important SAFETY NOTE below re extinguishing your charcoal. We cannot stress enough just how hot charcoal tablets get during use, as well as the metal of the censer - DO NOT use them around children or pets, always ensure they are on a very stable surface that cannot be bumped, and take all care to avoid contact with the censer as well as the charcoal, to avoid the possibility of burns. NEVER leave burning charcoal unattended. Using tongs or tweezers whenever handling charcoal or adding resin pellets is the safest way to avoid contact with the hot surfaces.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE FOR METAL CENSERS:
You must NOT use water with a metal burner to extinguish your charcoal. Metal expands when hot and contracts when cold: if a very hot metal censer or screen has water put on it (even hot water) it will cause a sudden shrinkage of the metal which may result in irreparable damage to your burner (eg the wires to snap or the metal to crack). Do not use water in your censer, or put it under a tap to put your charcoal out - we instead recommend allowing the tablet to go out naturally and turn to ash, then dispose of the ash once cooled. We are not able to replace damaged burners that show evidence of being used incorrectly.
Hints and Tips:
* Try blending several different types of resin together to create your own unique fragrance.
* Always store your charcoal disks in an airtight bag after opening to maintain freshness or they may become difficult to light - a small ziplock bag is great.
* If you can find some, try using a small square of natural mica as a burning platform between the lit charcoal and the resin to naturally & evenly disperse the heat.
* Never use TOO much resin as you may be overwhelmed by the smoke! A small pinch of resin is usually enough to scent a room.