Has anyone ever used "Athonite Charcoal Powder" instead of the more common self-lighting charcoals in their home-incense burner? If so, could you tell me about how it worked out and whether you were satisfied with it? Here is a link describing it:http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org/ccp6/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=prodshow&ref=CHARCOALPWD
Also, does anyone else have trouble getting the incense to burn in a home censer? I was using some self-lighting coals and they always seemed to die down and the incense didn't burn unless I blew on it and I didn't want to have to sit there and tend the incense instead of praying! (When I lived out in the country I also used to just use wood coals from my fire pit and/or wood-burning stove, but of course, that went out even quicker! -- it had the advantage of being basically free.)
I figured it was because I wasn't swinging the censer around like in church that the coal was going out, but when I serve altar at church the coal is always hot and ready-to-go from just sitting there waiting when we put incense on it. We were using the star coals at church. Are they more reliable?
I read that some people suggest putting sand and or gravel in the bottom of the burner to distribute the heat and air more evenly? Anyone tried this?
Also, I was wondering if someone could tell me exactly what I'm supposed to do with an incense burner at home? Does it just sit there? It's got a handle: should you pick it up and "wave it around"?