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Solid incense vaporizer

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Povilas S
Povilas S Feb 08, 2022
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An electronic vaporizer that heats solid incense material to produce vapor instead of smoke, similarly to how some e-cigarettes (e.g. IQOS) heat tobacco to produce its' vapor instead of smoke.
The smoke of direct burning incense is too intense/irritating for some people. They might enjoy the smell of the incense material when it's not lit up, but don't tolerate the smoke when it's burning, or like the smell only to some extent, while there's still little smoke produced, etc.
A vapor, compared to smoke is way less irritating and has a softer smell. The same amount of incense material would also last longer if it was vaporized instead of being burned.
How would it work:
I'm having in mind specifically the type of Indian incense that is molded from a viscous mass (sometimes referred to as Dhoop) and rolled onto bamboo sticks. They have the most intense and at the same time natural aromatic smell of all the solid incense types. The mass is made from pulverized aromatic plant material mixed with various natural binding agents, like plant resins. That mass is of pretty high humidity and seems like a perfect mixture for producing vapor when heated.
However, since the composition of this mixture is originally intended for burning, I'm not sure if it would work for vaporizing, it might be necessary to come up with a different composition.
The prepared incense mixture would have to be spread inside the vaporizer in a way that is most efficient for the heating element to produce vapor from it. The mixture could be molded into a specific shape, a kind of cartridge to insert into the heating element.
The novelty of the idea :
Searching the web, I didn't manage to find a solid incense vaporizer already existing. All there is are vaporizers for essential oils or incense burners. Here you can see different options of those. If you know about an existing solid incense vaporizer, please let me know.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw2 years ago
I'm not sure if this is exactly like what you are describing, but I did find a patent for an electronic incense vaporizer that seems to be similar to your idea. The patent expired 60 years ago though, and I can't find any evidence that it was ever produced to those specifications.
As you mentioned though, there are many similar options, I wonder if vaporizing would have enough benefits over burning to justify such a product.
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Povilas S
Povilas S2 years ago
Spook Louw The vaporizer from the patent you linked proposed fragrant liquid as a base for vaporizing. Here I propose a vaporizer that would heat a solid incense mixture. The benefits of this over a liquid is that you can produce the same smell as if you were burning solid incense, but with lesser intensity and less burned notes in it, which some people prefer.
This might also produce less toxic substances to inhale since open flame combustion likely emits more toxic byproducts than vapor produced by heating the same substance.
In a solid incense mixture, you can have all-natural ingredients (plant material) and therefore a natural smell, while in a liquid prepared for vaporizing you'd probably need to add at least some synthetic materials. You can vaporize essential oils, but the smell I'm aiming for is that of a solid, direct burning incense.
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