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Excellent product. Will smoke if placed directly on coal: the solution to prevent heavy smoke, and only releasing the scent of the resin, is to place a small piece of aluminum foil on top of the coal and the resin on top of the foil.
Another great Govinda resin. I burn this stuff daily and love it. I sometimes use charcoal discs but mostly use a potpourri burner that uses a tea light and elevate the tea light a little while the resin rests on a small square of foil. Yeah, I know..you don't want to burn and inhale foil. I don't. Tea lights don't burn that hot. It actually just melts the frankincense until it's black and about to give off the "darker" scent. I just let the foil cool off and scrape the leftovers in the trash and load it up again. This technique doesn't smoke up the house but you can smell the resin nicely throughout the house. My friend says it smells like a cathedral whenever he comes in my home. When I do use a charcoal disc, I'll usually add a little myrrh (Govinda of course) now and again. As for pea size...more like small gravel pea size (think aquarium gravel sold at Petco..maybe smaller) and not green peas you eat size.
In my opinion, this is an outstanding product at a reasonable price. I love the scent, but it is probably an acquired taste. Having spent time in monasteries, I have learned to enjoy the scent of frankincense burned in the thurible along with myrrh. Whenever I burn it at home, it reminds me of my times of private retreat. I burn it during my prayer time each evening.
Hints & Tips: A little goes a long way. Just 3-5 pebbles will emit a strong scent that can easily waft through an entire house in a short time. It requires a good deal of heat to melt the resin. (When thinking of resin, think of hard, dried tree sap that is no longer sticky.) I use small charcoal disks that you can buy on Amazon. I light the charcoal inside a small censer on a metal stand. (Do not leave it unattended and do not burn it in a small closet or where smoke inhalation could become a problem.) After the charcoal is emitting a lot of heat, I drop 3-5 little pebbles of resin onto the burning charcoal.
I love the aroma. Some people mix it with cedar or myrrh, but I enjoy the scent of frankincense by itself.
I bought some frankincense from Dubai and once that ran out, I was pressed to find something comparable. I found this on Amazon and thought I'd give it a try. You definitely get a lot for the price and it makes the house smell yummy. I use it on sundays when I clean house. It's great!