Chipping & dusting

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    I have a wood/resin burner that I really like that utilizes candle flame and a thin, perforated metal plate that really brings out the subtle nuances of my burning material. However, it won’t heat the wood all the way through or get my resin to full-melt status. Anyone ever tried chipping/dusting their woods/resins to maximize the burn on lower heat burners? What was the outcome?
     
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    That sounds super interesting , when I chop sandalwood or Agarwood with Japanese hand saw to make chips, I get lots of dust left over , I love burning the sandalwood dust on low heat and seems that there are more amazing nuances that you can detect in the 1st 3 seconds , amazing it is and Aggarwood dust is like another dimension when burned on low heat, but love mixing both dust and little sprinkle of Frankincense dust, tiny amount , and its a party for the olfactory sensors
     
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    I have a mortar and pestle on the way...I’ll give it a go
     
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    Ahhh the old school mortar and pestle, amazing, if you have a dollar store in your neighbourhood, get safety goggles in case the wood flys like a bird , I had instances doging flying wood while crushing it the old school way , only thing in my house if my grandmother finds the mortar & pestle she going to grind her spices for her curry dishes , lol , :eek::)
     
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    Hi! I make shavings of all my woods before putting them on the electric heater or burner.

    Basically, I use a sharp blade such as goes in a utility knife or carpet knife, and I slice little shavings off a chip of agarwood onto a piece of paper. Then I sort of crunch up the little shavings with my fingers, then transfer them onto the heater/burner, using the piece of paper as a tray to transfer. This works way better than a thicker chip because you can get all the aromatics out at low heat, whereas if the wood chip has any thickness to it you need to use much higher heat to get the center of the chip to aromatize, and the high heat can spoil the delicate notes..
     
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    A while ago I bought a wood cutting knife from an art supply store. See attached images. It is an ideal thingie when it comes to cutting agarwood into splinters or rice grain sizes. It was a bit pricey, but I have never regretted that I bought it ...it was ~ 25 Euros, that is (roughly) 30 US-$.
    For comparison, the small black thing at the far right on the wooden disc (which i absolutely recommend as "plate" for cutting - the knife´s blade is sharp as a razor blade!) is the leftover of an incense stick., about four millimeters long.


    Swiss cutting tool for agarwood.jpg Swiss cutting tool for agarwood_2.jpg
     
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