first thing you will need is good quality wood chips. Poor quality
chips will impart a smell that is too smoky, and the smell of smoke
will overpower the smell of the fragrant resin inside the wood that is
released when burned.
up a piece of charcoal and place in in a mabkhar, or an incense burner.
Alternatively you could use an electric burner for which you won't need
a coal, but generally they do not heat up enough to fully bring out the
resin from the wood.
best sort of of charcoal to use are bamboo incense charcoals, which are
fragrance-free and are made without saltpeter or sulphur.
the charcoal has burnt for approximately 10 minutes, a thin layer of
ash will have formed on top of it. Do not brush this off.
place a small oud chip, about the size of a cardamom pod, on top of the
charcoal. The thin layer of ash will ensure that the wood itself does
not burn too much - rather the resin inside will heat up.
a few seconds, you will see that the color of the wood starts to become
darker, and the surface starts bubbling. This is the resin being
released due to the heat, and some smoke will start to rise now.
can scent your beard, clothes and neck with the smoke. Be sure not to
let your clothes get singed by the burning charcoal!
Put the oud chip aside once the smoke stops rising from it. Do not flip
the chip. While you may notice that more smoke is emitted by doing so,
it will have a harsh smoky smell that pricks the nose instead of the
sweet woody smell you want to scent yourself with.
smell of smoke will fade soon, and what you will be left with is a
spicy, sweet, woody smell that will keep you company for days, and will
be the curiosity in the minds of those you meet.
recommend using both oud chips along with oud oil to complete the Agar