Natural

Incense Burners

for sticks, cones, coils, trails, loose resins & powders

Incense Burners for Different Uses

Incense burners play several roles in properly using incense. They add function, safety, and an aesthetic part of enjoying incense.

They add safety as a fireproof vessel that contains the burning incense and its ashes.

They add aesthetics with their infinite materials, designs, textures, and colors.

They add function for different types or forms of incense.

Many incense burners are made for specific uses or forms of incense such as:

  • incense sticks
  • incense cones
  • loose resin or powdered incense with charcoal
  • loose resin or powdered incense with trails
  • elegantly designed “listening cups” for the Japanese Kodo ceremony
  • unique artistic pottery or metal work

Some people use their imagination to create homemade incense burners out of different materials.

Bamboo Incense Stick Holder Boat-Shaped

There are many types of incense burners out on the market to choose from.

Select one based on how you most enjoy heating natural incense materials.

Do you prefer sticks, cones, coils, loose mixtures, resins, powders, pure woods, etc.?

Pick a burner that fits the style of incense and the aesthetics that you desire.

What works well for one person might not be best for another, so trying a few different styles may give you a better idea of what works best for your needs and desires.

What follows is a basic list of some common types of incense burners, their names, and basic use:

incense-waterfall-holder for cones

Incense Fountains

Incense fountains come in many shapes and sizes, from small decorative ones to large fountains with attached ash catchers that sit over a larger bowl to catch ashes.

Most incense fountains or waterfalls are made to be used with incense cones.

Hagiyaki Incense Bowl Made in Japan. Japanese Pottery

Incense Bowls

Metal or ceramic bowls are general purpose incense burners that range from small bowls with shallow groves to place sticks into while burning to large bowls that can hold ash, trails, charcoals, sticks, coils, or cone incense.

Many incense bowls also come with lids that offer added safety when children, pets, or other circumstances make smoke or embers a hazard.

It’s usually best if bowl-shaped incense burners have three or more legs to raise the eventual heat of the bowl off of any surface.

See our favorite picks for incense bowls down below or click here.

Nippon kodo Bamboo Leaf Boat - Cast Iron

Incense Boats, Leafs, Boxes

These are long and narrow burners designed for incense sticks.

They usually have a hole or slot for a stick on one end or in the middle, and the rest of the burner catches the ashes as the stick burns.

See our favorite incense burners for sticks and cones down below or click here.

Adjustable Incense Burner - Charcoal Free

Incense Stoves

This is by far our absolute favorite and preferred way to enjoy natural aromatics.

Incense stoves are used to gently heat single woods like agarwood or sandalwood or for loose resin or powdered incense mixtures.

They’re usually candle or electric-based, and they put a distance between the heat source and the wood or incense in an effort to heat it and release its aromas but not cause it to smoke.

To avoid causing the wood or incense to smoke, the distance is usually adjustable on candle-based stoves, whereas the temperature is usually adjustable with an electric stove.

Some essential oil diffusers can do the work of an incense stove if the distance, materials, and heat align properly.

See our favorite stoves and electric burners down below or click here.

kodo cup

Kodo Listening Cups

These special cups have been designed for Japanese Kodo Ceremonies where multiple people participate in passing a special incense cup around, inhaling its aroma, and guessing the similarities or differences in aromatic woods (agarwood).

The ceramic cup and the way it’s prepared gently heats the woods to release their aromas but without causing smoke.

Homemade Incense Burners

many people prefer to create their own incense burner for specific purposes or forms of incense.

What materials work best depends on the form of incense you are using, some burn hotter than others.

It’s always best to use a fireproof material such as stone, ceramic, or metal.

Other than that, have fun and enjoy the process!

Our Favorite Picks:

Incense Burners for Sticks & Cones

Bamboo Incense Stick Holder Boat-Shaped

Incense Stick Holder – Bamboo Leaf Shape

Ceramic Incense Burner 

Nippon kodo Bamboo Leaf Boat - Cast Iron

Cast Iron Bamboo Incense Leaf Boat

from Nippon Kodo

Traditional Japanese cast iron

Shoyeido's Obsidian Leaf Incense Holder

Obsidian Leaf Incense Stick Holder

Handmade from Shoyeido

Miupoo Incense Burner Brown Glazed Ceramic Gourd Style Censer Burner Incense Holder

 Glazed Ceramic Gourd Style Incense Censer

from Miupoo 

Incense Bowls For All Incense Forms

LAMDAWN Ceramic Incense Bowl Burner with Incense Stick Holder

Ceramic Incense Bowl Burner with Incense Stick Holder

by Lamdawn

SHOYEIDO Azure Incense Bowl

Azure Blue Ceramic Incense Bowl

from Shoyeido

Shoyeido Mountain Mist Round Ceramic Incense Holder

Mountain Mist Ceramic Incense Bowl

from Shoyeido

Hagiyaki Bowl Made in Japan. Japanese Pottery

Hagiyaki Incense Bowl

Traditional Japanese Pottery

Hagiyaki Incense Bowl Made in Japan. Japanese Pottery

Shiny Black Koro Incense Holder

Made by Kazusa Nosaka

Japanese Traditional Ceramic Hagiware

Incense Stoves & Electric Incense Burners

to gently heat aromatic woods & incense without smoke

Adjustable Incense Burner - Charcoal Free Incense Stove

Adjustable Incense Stove

Uses Tealight Candles

No Charcoals Needed

Electric Incense Burner Heater - Lotus Black

Electric Incense Burner Heater – Lotus – Black

w/adjustable temperature

4.3 star rating from 95 reviews

ZYFA Electric Incense Burner - Porcelain Ceramic Incense Censer

Electric Incense Burner from ZYFA

Porcelain Ceramic Censer for Home

with Adjustable Temps 80-240 Degree C

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