How to Use Incense Cones: A Comprehensive Guide

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By Mia Tran Updated on 28 Mar 2023

If you're looking to add a touch of fragrance to your home, consider using incense cones. Incense cones come in a variety of scents, so you can find one that fits your mood and taste. Additionally, incense cones are a great way to get rid of lingering smells in your home.

Firstly, place the cone on an ash catcher or heatproof surface. Then light the tip of the cone with a lighter or match. Allow the flame to catch and then blow out. The cone will start to smoke and release its scent.

In this post, we'll go over the basics of using incense cones, including how to light them and how long they will last. We'll also provide some tips on how to choose the right cone for your needs. Read on for all the information you need!

1. How many types of incense cones are there?

There are two main types of incense cones: the regular type and the type with a hole in the center.

The regular type has no hole in the center and can be used by most burners. It is perfect for everyday use.

Meanwhile, the type with holes in the center is called backflow incense cones. Burn this type of incense requires a special burner, a backflow incense burner. When burning it will allow the smoke to flow downward, creating a waterfall-like effect. This type is perfect for special occasions.

Although they have different uses, these two types of incense cones have the same burning method. Let's find out the details!

How A Backflow Incense Cones Work

2. How to properly light incense cones?

Incense cones are a popular way to enjoy the aromatic benefits of incense. They are easy to use and provide a long-lasting scent. 

It is important to use the incense cones properly. Not only can you avoid wasting, but it also helps to maximize the benefits that it brings to your life. Here is how to light an incense cone:

Step 1. Place the incense cone on a heat-resistant surface, such as an ashtray or ceramic dish. In case you have backflow incense cones and want to create a smoke waterfall effect, you must have a backflow incense burner.

Step 2. Hold a lighter or match to the tip of the cone and allow it to burn for about 5 - 10 seconds.

Step 3. Blow out the flame and enjoy the fragrance!

Lighting Backflow Incense Cones

Lighting an incense cone is relatively easy and is quite similar to lighting a regular incense stick. In the process of burning incense, you should pay attention to the following factors.

  • Check the cones carefully to see if it’s damp or moldy. Moldy cones are difficult to burn and can cause an unpleasant scent during use.
  • Because of its very short size, you can use tweezers to grip the cone when burning so that your hands won’t feel hot or burned.
  • If the flame on the cone does not go out on its own, you can fan it or gently blow it off.
  • Check if the cones are really burning. If smoke appears in the hole at the bottom of the incense cones, it’s burning.

You can choose for yourself a favorite scent through the article: Best smelling backflow incense cones.

3. Put out incense cones

Incense cones are a great way to add fragrance to your home, but they can also be a bit tricky to put out. Unlike incense sticks, the cones cannot be re-lit once they have been burned. The best way to extinguish a burning cone is to dip it in a glass of water. Wait for the bud to be completely extinguished, then you can wrap them up and put them in the trash.

Explain why there are two main reasons:

First, because it is very tightly compressed with ingredients containing a lot of essential oils, it’s difficult for the buds to extinguish once burnt. They can still smolder even when you can't feel the heat. In the worst case, it could cause a fire.

Another reason to avoid using burnt incense cones is that their scent is no longer what it was at first. The oil in the bud is melted, and oxidized by the heat and air, which can cause an unpleasant smell for the next burning.

4. Clean and remove ashes

Unlike incense sticks, the ashes of the incense cones do not fall everywhere but retain their original form. To remove the ash, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Wait for 5 to 10 minutes for the cones to burn completely and the ashes to cool down. You can spray a little bit of water if the ash is still warm.

Step 2: Gently place the ash on a tissue, then wrap them up.

Step 3: Put the whole thing in the trash.

Step 4: Wash the incense waterfall burner with a damp cloth so as not to affect the aroma of the cones in the next burning time.

Step 5: Remember to store your incense cones carefully for future use.

Check out this article to learn the easiest ways to clean your backflow incense burner.

Please remove the incense cone after burning carefully to avoid fire.

Please remove the incense cone after burning carefully to avoid fire.

5. Some suitable times to use incense cones

There are many times when it can be a good idea to use incense cones. For example, they can be a great way to create a relaxing atmosphere in your home. They can also be used to help you focus while you're studying or working or to celebrate special occasions like weddings and holidays. Additionally, using incense cones is a great way to show your respect for religious ceremonies and rituals. Whatever your reasons may be, using incense cones is a great way to add a touch of fragrance and beauty to your life. Some of these times include:

  • When burning incense for meditation or prayer
  • To create a relaxing atmosphere in your home
  • To cover up unpleasant odors
  • When hosting a party or special event
  • In a place of business to create a calming environment for customers or employees

Incense cones can be a great way to make any space feel more inviting and relaxing. Experiment with different scents to find the perfect one for you.

You may want to learn more about the best time to burn incense.

Use incense cones carefully and sparingly.

Use incense cones carefully and sparingly.

6. Troubleshooting your cone incense

6.1. The fire on the cone does not go out

An incense cone that burns with a large flame will produce an unpleasant scent and cannot form a waterfall of smoke. If the flame on the bud does not go out on its own after 5 seconds, you can put it out by blowing or fanning it gently.

6.2. Why won't my incense cone stay lit?

There could be a few reasons why your incense cone won't stay lit. If the cone is damp or moldy, the essential oils will cling to the surface and not burn properly. Additionally, if the cone is too large, it will not distribute the heat evenly and will likely go out. Make sure to use an incense holder to help keep the cone in place, and choose cones that are smaller in size for better burning. Another possibility is that the cone is made from inferior material. Low-quality cones often start to smoke and smell bad after just a few minutes of burning. Finally, it's possible that you're not lighting the cone correctly. Make sure to light the entire surface of the cone, and don't let the flame go out before the cone is fully lit.

Read more: Incense Won't Stay Lit? Here's Why and How to Fix It

6.3. Why isn't my waterfall incense working?

There could be a few reasons why your waterfall incense isn't working.

  • One possibility is that you're not using it correctly. Make sure you light the incense and let it burn for a few seconds before blowing out the flame. Then, place the incense in the holder and let it burn.
  • Make sure you don't place it in a windy area or near an exhaust fan. This will help the smoke diffuse instead of falling.
  • Besides, you must make sure that the hole in the cone is placed in line with the hole in the burner. This will ensure that the new smoke has a way to create the effect of falling from top to bottom. If the smoke is coming out from the bottom of the cone but it doesn't seem to be falling into the waterfall, then you may need to adjust the angle of the cone.
  • Check to see if there is anything blocking the airflow between the burner and the cone. If there is, remove whatever is blocking it and try again.
  • The final possibility is that you're using the wrong type of incense. Try using incense that's specifically designed for waterfall effects.


That’s all there is to it! We hope you enjoyed this guide and found it helpful. Incense cones are a great way to add a touch of fragrance and ambiance to any room, so be sure to give them a try. Let us know what you think in the comments below, and feel free to share your own tips for using incense cones. Happy burning!

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