[[Image:censers.jpg|300px|right|thumb|Three types of home censer. Left: plate for stick incense. Right: censer for granulated incense and briquette. Center: plate holding cone incense.]]
For home use of granulated incense, small, concave charcoal briquettes are sold. One lights the corner of the briquette on fire, then places it in the censer and extinguishes the flame. After the glowing sparks traverse the entire briquette, it is ready to have incense placed on it.
Censers made for stick incense are also available; these are simply a long, thin plate of wood, metal, or ceramic, bent up and perforated at one end to hold the incense. They serve to catch the ash of the burning incense stick.