Yes, for most Orthodox Christians, burning stick incense would not be for them. But it might be permissible, for the sake of evangelism, for converts from Asian backgrounds (like myself) to use familiar symbols and images. Just like how Greek pagan ideas were "baptized" in Orthodoxy.
Forgive me, if I seem to be intrusive or self promoting. But I cannot help but respond at this point. I want to thank the poster I have quoted for his/her insight.
I am myself, a master perfumer, and an incense maker dedicated to the service of the Orthodox Church and serve all Christians of all traditions equally. Because of this, I have a natural interest in threads here, such as this one, and have up till now, refrained from comment. I have a customer base that spans the globe and every concievable culture. I even have many customers who are "outside the Church/Faith", who routinely order from me/my company, simply because we/I produce a superior product. Mediocrity of any form has no place in Christianity and so of course, I would of necessity agree, that using stick incense imported from certain countries and containing various questionable ingredients, is inappropriate even for home use. Having said that, I must say that many Christians in Kerala, India, routinely use stick / cone incense because that is what is available to them and they cannot afford "Athonite" style. Likewise, for Christians in the middle east.
In Ethiopia, it is common for people to simply burn granular frankincense and myrrh, untreated, and straight from the harvest fields (Tigray perhaps) as this is most affordable to them. In Iran, where I have lived, Persian Christians often make their own stick and cone incense from sandalwood powder.
In Egypt, there are Coptic perfumers who specialize in making church incense, specifically for the churches there, and I have never known a Copt or an Ethiopian, to turn up their nose at a quality made stick or cone incense.
To this point I have found the above quote to be quite true: I have experienced greatly positive response from gifts of sticks/cones I have made, when I have given them to people from the oriental/asian world. Many have even come to visit an Orthodox church and later contacted me to tell me how much they enjoyed it. They have told me they felt blessed and "accepted" by a "white" culture that took an interest in THEIR interest!
In contrast, I have actually been spit upon at a festival where I was selling my product, by a Christian, because it was not "traditional". God bless the man who spit on me....I hope and pray for him, that he will learn to be more loving in his approach when he disagrees with what others are doing/saying.
My purpose in this discussion, is not to self promote the products I make . And by the way, I thank the poster above who long ago posted a link to my former website blackincense.com. My purpose is to stress the importance of evangelism, and that rather than contempt, familiarity often breeds a sense of comfort, joy and peace. Familiarity lends stability and practical "bridges" that we can build upon with LOVE, to reach other people with the Gospel of Christ.
It is this, and nothing else, which should be our aim. Let us all, in peace and reverence, pray to the Lord, for the salvation of all peoples. Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me a sinner.