I was sent this item by mistake, having ordered a Wooden Incense Stick Holder with brass inlay
along with some highly rated incense sticks. It wasn't really what I wanted, then, but I did try it out in the hope that it might do as an ash catcher, if only temporarily.
I see that some other reviewers have had trouble finding a hole for holding their sticks. I'm guessing that these cheaply produced handmade boxes vary from one to another, but mine has two quite obvious small holes on either side of the inner tray. Neither of these, however, will hold the incense aloft and at an angle, as (presumably) they should. The stick just flops onto the base of the tray. Despite an exhaustive search of the box, I can find no other likely holes.
Another reviewer - and also the seller, whom I'd by this time alerted to the mix-up - suggests that sticks can be simply laid down in the tray to burn. I did try this but find the suggestion odd, as it results in the incense being starved of oxygen and snuffing out within seconds.
More generally, the varnish on the box was patchy and the carving very rough in places. The decorative brass inlay had fallen out and was missing in two places. As others have noted, the incense sticks it comes with are tucked away behind a little flap on the end, which catches you out when you first open it up as you think the sticks must be missing. I've not tried any of the incense this box came with.
So... not for me, I'm afraid! I now have the simple ash catcher I originally ordered and and much happier with it, despite it being a third of the price of this item.