[quote="BusterMartin, post:1, topic:263287"]
If you have an icon corner at home, is it permissible to use incense (stick or otherwise) bought form a local store? Or is it expected (in either EC or EO faiths) that the incense be made from a monastery or the like? I want to add incense to my icon corner, but I can't really pay what my local Orthodox dealer is charging (at least not right now). Is there anything inherently wrong with buying and using other cheaper incense products?
A little bag of incense can go a long way. A 1 oz bag of frankincense, for example, may cost only $5 but last months if you only use a small nugget at a time (which is all that's really needed for a small room). I buy my incense from Orthodox Incense.
There is nothing inherently wrong with buying cheaper incense products, but if you use incense and charcoal economically (only small pieces at a time), there should not be a problem.
Some Orthodox incense providers will sell big bags and/or cans for much higher prices than small bags, but really you can comfortably start with a small 1 oz bag.