Question Regarding Burning Oud

Discussion in 'General' started by Sproaty, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. Sproaty

    Sproaty Boudly

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    When burning oud on an electric heater, how close do you sit to it? I've not had the best experience of burning any oud yet, everything always smells a bit charred, smokey and smouldering. I sit quite close to the burner.

    Just now, I had a small chip on the heater and went in the shower, leaving it on. Coming back into my living room I was greeted with an amazing smell from over 12-15 foot away where my burner is! Could this be the reason why I've not enjoyed it so far - smelling it too closely, actually inhaling the vapour sometimes? I've tried altering the heat (it's a 12V burner) and using a lower temperature didn't seem to remove the burned smell.

    Strangely, I absolutely adore sandalwood when used close up, it gives off that delicious creamy smell. I've also got frankincense, myrrh, opponax, styrax and benzoin - perhaps I'll test these from a distance too.
     
  2. Oudamberlove

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    You might need some ash or mica sheets to give more distance between the wood and the heat, since at your low setting it is still very hot.

    Also, try different distances. The type of wood, amount of wood, and the heat, will determine the exact distance.
     
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  3. Sproaty

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    Great, cheers! I do use 2 mica plates. I have plenty of wood so shall keep experimenting.
     
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  4. Abdullah

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    My favourite way to learn. Experimentation. So well done. I like to put on lowest heat possible on an electric heater, with the aid of as many mica sheet as I feel are needed. Then every time I feel it needs a bit more heat, I remove a sheet. As soon as I start getting the burnt/charred smell, I turn off the heater or remove the wood, and scrape of the mica sheet.
     
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  5. Ashfaque

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    @Sproaty Please be careful whilst burning resins - especially, when you are sitting very close to the burner. Sometimes the bubbles that formed from previous session, can burst in the following one. I had a close call few weeks ago.
     
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  6. jalil

    jalil Oud bully Staff Member

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    I just ordered a adjustable voltage power supply adaptator because of the problem of to high temp on my electric burner
     
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  7. Edward Muller

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    This might sound like a dumb question - but is there a temperature guideline somewhere for the optimal heating temp for oud?
     
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  8. Ashfaque

    Ashfaque Analogue Oud

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    I stop just before I can see the smoke! That way I can enjoy tiny chip, say 5mmx5mm, more than 45 minutes quite easily. Some wild Indians go more an hour this way!

    If you want a bit more higher intensity or a quick 'fix' (since we're Ouddicts), just crank it up to your desired level. However, don't put all the way up as you will then miss some subtle aromas.

    With my DIY unit, in most cases, I find 8-8.5 volts to be the optimal range for non-visible-smoke sessions.
     
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  9. Sproaty

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    That's a great question :)

    Great! Thanks, I have no idea how many volts each turn on the dial translates to, but I assume it's 0-12 on a linear scale, but hey, it may not be. The wires don't glow orange until around halfway and it takes a bit more to start producing smoke
     
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  10. powdernose

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    I find that too. :handok:
    I plotted voltage to temperature with an infrared thermometer to create a useful table.
    I rarely burn oud though...


    I think I may have seen a rough guidline once, but can't recall where now...
    In any case see below to help orientate you:

    Wood slowly chars* 120°-150°
    Decayed wood ignites 150°
    Ignition temp of various woods 190°-260°
    * wood chars at a rate of approximately 30-50 mm/hour
     
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  11. Ashfaque

    Ashfaque Analogue Oud

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    From my limited understanding, the potentiometers used in these power adapters are typically linear.
     
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