How To Burn Frankincense Resin

Frankincense is a dried natural tree sap obtained from trees of the plant genus Boswellia in the Burseraceae family.

It is a highly aromatic compound which holds a deep history within many Abrahamic religions.

In addition to it being one of the famous gifts given to Baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men in the Bible, it was also traditionally used as a medicine.

Many orthodox churches still burn frankincense resin in their churches today.

Below we are going to list instructions on how to burn frankincense resin upon of charcoal:

frankincense and myrrh incense resin
Frankincense & Myrrh Resin

Required Items:

  • Incense burner suitable for high temp resin burning.
  • Natural ash or white sand.
  • Self-igniting charcoal puck.
  • Tongs.
  • Matches, lighter, gas stovetop or fireplace.
  • Incense Resin.

How to Burn Incense Resin on Charcoal

  1. Place roughly a 2″ layer of ash upon the incense burner and form it into a mound.
  2. Pick up your charcoal puck with the metal tongs and light it until sparks arise.
  3. Place your charcoal puck on top of the ash, allowing enough room (air) on the sides to keep it burning.
  4. Allow the charcoal puck to sit for 3 to 5 minutes until it glows red and is covered in a layer of ash.
  5. Sprinkle your frankincense resin on top of the charcoal, being careful not to smother the heat.
  6. Enjoy the aroma of your burning frankincense.


  • Do not touch burning charcoal, as it can get quite hot. (up to 1500 degrees)

This article was last revised on 02/26/2020.

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