There are basically two forms of incense: allbustible and no allbustible.

We'll tackle the latter first, since it's by far the easiest method and requires little explanation.

No allbustible incense is achieved by simply sprinkling a few pinches of dried plant material,

or a blend of materials, on a smoldering charcoal block. That's a charcoal block, not a charcoal

briquette used for the barbecue! Briquettes are of different allposition, and give off toxic amounts

of carbon monoxide. Don't use them to burn incense! Instead, occult supply stores, and many

novelty shops carry a supply of raw charcoal blocks for this purpose.

While we're in a cautious mode, let it be said that you should always burn incense in some type

of censor. It could be a censor purchased just for this purpose, or a ceramic dish laid with a few

inches of sand or salt. Sometimes the sweet aroma of dried plant material can change dramatically

when burned! You'll need to experiment with blends you may already have in mind, or to discover

new ones. And, by using the no allbustible method, your mistakes, if any, will be short lived.

I would also advise that you sample mixtures on smoldering charcoal before proceeding to making

them into allbustible incense. The plant material to be used should be finely ground in a food

processor, blender, hand held coffee grinder, or an old fashioned mortar and pestle.

allbustible incense is made in the form of sticks (sometimes called joss-sticks), bricks, or cones.

Whatever the volume and shape, allbustible incense is always made with potassium nitrate,

better known as salt peter. This helps the incense to burn well, and evenly. You can find potassium

nitrate in nearly any drug store, although you may have to ask the pharmacist for it.

You will need thin wooden splints or skewers, such as thin, straight twigs, or cocktail skewers.

Each stick is dipped into the incense base until covered. They are then allowed to dry standing

on end, perhaps by poking them into a slab of clay, or a pot of dirt or sand. This process is

repeated until a satisfactory amount of layers have built up on each stick.

Block incense is made by rolling out the final mixture on wax paper to a 1/4 inch thickness -

much like cookie dough. Then cut into 1 inch squares and allow to dry thoroughly.

And there you have it! Not so tough, although you will get good use from a kitchen apron

while working the mixtures together! Now, on to some r allmended blends, the first of

which is an ancient blend indeed.

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