Ivy Ross Professional Tarot Reader, Reiki Master, Witch

How to Light Self-Igniting Charcoal (General)

self lighting charcoal tablets

Your ‘How To’ Guide on Using Self-Igniting Charcoal

 Obtain a container made of any material you like & fill the bottom with unscented cat litter, dirt or ashes. This provides the necessary insulation that will prevent the heat of the charcoal from breaking your incense burner & marring the surface of the table it’s on. The charcoal becomes extremely hot.

Hold the charcoal tablet with a pair of tweezers & light it. A lighter is very handy because you only need one hand to strike it. Hold the edge of the tablet over the flame. It will begin to spark after a moment, just like a sparkler on the 4th of July. Watch it closely because it must sparkle completely across the whole charcoal tablet. It is often necessary to light the charcoal 3 or 4 times. Once you have accomplished this allow the tablet to burn for 3 to 5 minutes before placing the incense upon it. Placing the incense upon it too soon will smother the charcoal.

When burning incenses inside, use only a small amount at a time. Herbs, roots, barks, resins, oils and other materials will smoke when burning & may smolder quite nicely. You might even want to open a window before you begin your rite. 

Store unused charcoals that have been open in an airtight container. They absorb moisture from the air and can be quite difficult, if not impossible to light if they have been left out for too long.

Light the charcoal at the very beginning of your rite. Getting it lit is often a ritual unto itself!

Much Success to Your Workings!