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Incense Burner Project


This project started out as a botched purchase.

My daughter in law is 'into' incense and singing bowls and rock rituals and every once in a while, there is something that I purchase for her that encourages her to continue. Support, I call it.

Well. One fine day in December, I saw an incense burner that I found quite intriguing. Not only did it burn incense, but it directed the incense smoke to cascade in a slow moving waterfall, down a series of paddles, to a pool below.

Since I was ordering from China, I expected delays. The estimated shipping time was January 6, so I apologized for a late Christmas gift, but that it was on its way.

So I thought.

January 6. The day came and went. As did the 7th. 8th. 9th. No incense burner.

Then, I did my tracking. It claimed that it was in the process of being shipped. They had received the order Then, had processed the order. Then, had sent it on a shipping service to the shipping center. Then, it seemed to be stuck in time.

Finally, I received an email from the company I had ordered it from. The email actually asked me if I was satisfied with my purchase. Well. No. I am not satisfied. I don't even have it yet.

I received some sort of refund credit and proceeded to reorder my incense burner. The next day, I received a couple packages of incense. But no burner.

So. I still have credit to purchase something, but I still needed an incense burner. So I decided to build my own.

An Aluminum Can


It's a Smoke Falls

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Sawdust and Glue Clay

Mix the glue, sawdust flour, and a little water..

Cover cut and shaped can with clay. Let dry until hard.

What is the Black Stuff?

The black stuff is paint. It's painted on the sawdust clay.

There is an aluminum can underneath the clay. I cut the front off of the can, split the pieces into four pieces and put them across at angles, for the waterfall effect.

I smeared the clay onto the can, and then, placed the can in my dehydrator to dry the clay faster. The drying took three full days, and nights of dehydrating. I had the dehydrator at the lowest setting.

How Does it Work?

The incense is placed on the top piece of metal. The metal protects the wooden/aluminum object from catching on fire. The incense has a predrilled hole in it, that directs the smoke downwards through the hole.

The smoke is propelled down through the hole. It's heavier than air, but lazy and crawls slowly down the path of least resistance.

How Long Does it Burn?

The incense stops smoking after five minutes or so. The incense is still burning, and if you want to remove the cone from the burner, a small dish of water is recommended to keep surrounding area from catching on fire. Yes. Drop the incense into the dish of water to extinguish. Leave in the water for a period of time until cold.

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