Here’s the deal: I made this new year’s incense with my mom. It smells lovely in the jar. I burned some at the start of the month, using only a small piece of charcoal (as I was about to go to bed, and didn’t want to use a whole charcoal for only one little bit of incense). It worked beautifully, and smelled amazing. All went well.
Then, a few days later, I wanted to burn some more of the incense. I used a half of a charcoal this time, instead of just a tiny piece, because I was going to be up for a while, and so could add incense as it burned down. Almost immediately, the whole room started filling with smoke. And I know incense smokes. But this was different. It was like fire smoke. So, for fear of 1) smoking myself out and 2) setting off the fire alarm, I doused the whole thing with water.
I then left it a while – meaning days – before I returned to burn some again. Two attempts later, I had a very similar result. No, it was not quite as smoky as that second time. It was still rather smoky, though. And, get this: it didn’t even burn down all the incense. So, I’m not even sure what was burning to be all smoky. I need to defer to my mom on this one, as I genuinely am unsure as to what is going on here. (To be fair, though, I could just be exhausted and not thinking straight. Genuine possibility. 😛 )
^ Remembered as I was writing it, so got it technically on the first effort!