This Bamboo Stoneware Dhoopdan is designed to diffuse incense very effectively. The dhoopdan keeps the area tidy by holding incense blend inside and the aromatic fumes disperse through its patterned lattice work. The bamboo holders add to the beauty of the dhoopdan. The distinctive contrast of textured surface and luminous glaze is got by firing a special stoneware clay at a very high temperature and hand-glazing it.Stoneware withstands high temperatures and is more durable than porcelain or ceramic. The dhoopdan has been ergonomically designed and the bamboo handle offers a comfortable grip. Vastu recommends to walk around your house in a clockwise direction with the incense burning in the holder. Indulge in the ancient ritual of diffusing aromatic incense with this high-fired incense burner.Hand made from high quality stoneware clay and finished with lead free and uses cadmium-free glazes. This incense burner with lid is dishwasher safe. As with all hand crafted pottery the coloring and size will vary from piece to piece, making each piece a one-of-a-kind.Ignite a dhoop charcoal (specially made for incense burning) by using the flame of a stove or candle. The briquette should start to crackle and glow. Next, set the charcoal in a container on a bed of sand. You can also use a dhoopdan for lighting the dhoop.The sand layer under the charcoal should be at least 3/4-1 inch thick. Slowly fan or blow on the tablet. Only after the charcoal is aglow and stops crackling, use a knife, spoon or tweezers to drop the incense onto the tablet. Fan the dhoop to let the aroma spread.Lastly,charcoal may continue to burn for two hours after lighting - so dont just throw it in a waste-basket. Use tweezers to extract the tablet and submerse it in water to discard if the tablet is still lit.#Know moreAll of Omveds pottery is made from stoneware, wheel-thrown and hand-built in a quiet village on the Coromandel Coast of South-east India. Our fine pottery is hand crafted, is of the highest quality in every detail and refined to perfection. Each piece is thus unusual and unique. Stoneware is clay that when fired (a high-fired clay; about 2185 degrees Fahrenheit) to maturity becomes a sturdy, chip resistant material that can withstand high temperatures(for burning incense). This is different from the earthenware (usually calledceramics" or "ceramic ware".) which is a white and porous clay fired at a low temperature (about 1915 degrees Fahrenheit) and hence not as durable."