Incense Holders & Smudge Pots

So you are going to burn some incense or smudge your home so you can get into your groove...what to do with the ash?

Here are some of the most common ash catchers...

There are many types of incense burners, it can be tricky choosing the best one for the job. Check out our handy guide to some of the most common.

Ash Catchers or Boat Burners                                                                                                          The ash catcher is the most common type of wooden holder for stick incense with a bamboo reed. It's basically a flat piece of wood that curves up at one end. There is a small hole in the curved end that the bamboo reed is inserted in. Some ash catchers can be quite simple, brightly coloured, patterned, inlaid with brass or embellished with a bit of bling. You may also find them made of materials such as metal, ceramic, glass, stone and bone. They are most commonly found in the long "boat" shape or maybe a disc, rectangle and many other shapes.

Bowl Shaped Incense Burner                                                                                                               A bowl burner can be anything from a simple yet elegant ceramic bowl, a brass bowl with a screen top or an ornate hanging censer complete with lid. These may hold babe sticks, spaghetti sticks, cones or resins. When burning resins and some cones you may require a charcoal tablet to burn the incense. Ensure the holder is heat proof, if not sand is beneficial in protecting the bowl heating and cracking.

Abalone Shell                                                                                                                                        A natural abalone shell makes a fantastic vessel for holding smoldering smudge sticks and sweet grass braids. Some people like to burn loose herbs, resins, or other types of non-combustible incense in their abalone shell. If you do this, it's a good idea to insulate the bottom of the shell with at least 2" of natural ash or sand. This will help protect the shell against high temperatures. Charcoal tablets can burn at up to 1500 F.