If you would like to / are able to use open flame in your craft, here’s a helpful hint.
Get yourself a small iron cauldron for burning loose herbs and incenses. A 3″-4″ deep specimen with legs is ideal, and they retail for between $30 and $50, depending on how intricate you want the designs and where you’re shopping Most will include a handle, and some larger models will have a lid.
Here are the two cauldrons that I own.
If you’re short on charcoal discs for your incense, save the wooden leftovers from your incense sticks.
To use them, first ready your dry herbs or loose incense blend. Place half a dozen or so in the bottom of your cauldron and light them with a taper, long match, long-nosed lighter, or another leftover stick. Quickly and carefully pile the herbs or incense on top. The wooden sticks should burn out quickly, leaving the contents of the cauldron to smoulder.
Fair Warning – This produces a LOT of smoke, so make sure the area you’re working in is well-ventilated.
Safety First – Always make sure your cauldron is away from flammable objects and don’t ever leave a cauldron without extinguishing ALL the embers. (The lidded models are especially useful for this.) Keep a cup of water handy in case of accidents.