How to use incense cones?

How to use incense cones


Everyone has their own unique fragrance that they like to enjoy at home. Whether it comes from scented candles, diffusers or - as this article will detail it - incense cones.

With their increasing popularity, more types of cones and holders can be found in the stores.

The main reason is the fact that incense cones leave an amazing fragrance in your home, while they are also great for decoration. Let’s see everything you need to know about incense cones and the use of them.

Simple Steps for Using Incense Cones:

  1. Choose the Right Burner:

    • Select a heat-resistant incense burner to ensure safety during use.
    • Popular options include metal or unique ceramic burners, known for being both durable and easy to clean.
  2. Placement and Lighting:

    • Place the incense cone on the burner.
    • Light the tip of the cone and let it burn for approximately 10 seconds. Ensure an orange or red glow on the tip.
  3. Extinguish the Flame:

    • Blow out the flame gently, leaving the ember glowing.
    • The incense cone should now produce fragrant smoke, filling the room with your chosen scent.
  4. Enjoy the Fragrance:

    • Allow the incense cone to burn and release its aroma into the air.
    • Adjust the placement and quantity of cones based on your preference for intensity.

Remember these simple steps to create a pleasant and aromatic atmosphere in your space using incense cones.

How to use incense cones

What are incense cones?

You must have already heard of, maybe even used incense sticks. They were widely popular 5-10 years ago, but since then we had all the new possibilities when it comes to home fragrances.

However, in the past few years, a new version of incense sticks started to become more and more popular: incense cones. So, to begin with, incense cones have the same principle, but in the shape of a scone. The basic difference between the two is that cones tend to burn faster while producing more smoke.

But it is also important to know that they leave a lot more intense fragrance behind. Therefore, when it comes to choosing between the two, you have to decide how intense scent and how much smoke you prefer.

Secondly, incense cones can be used as really nice decoration, especially when it comes to incense cone waterfalls – but more of that a bit later.

How to use incense cones?

Now that you know what they are, there are a few things you have to take into consideration if you want to properly burn incense cones.

First of all, you will need an incense burner. As they burn really hot, you will obviously need a heat resistant burner to avoid any safety issues. Metal burners, or unique ceramic ones are really popular, so that would be easy to find and purchase.

They also have the advantage of being easy to clean. Since incense cones tend to leave ash and stronger burn marks on the cone holder, cleaning it properly will be inevitable. That is a lot easier with a surface such as metal or ceramic.

When you have the right burner, you simply have to place the cone on it and light it. Now what is also really important is that you have to let it burn, but not for too long.

Around 10 seconds should be enough, after which you have to blow the flame out. If you see an orange or red glow on the tip, you did it correctly. After that, you should start smelling the fragrance along with smoke being produced.

How to use an incense cone

How to use incense cone waterfall?

After the basics, let’s see how cone incense waterfall can be used. This is an amazing choice for those who’d like to use incense as a unique decoration as well.

Because in this case, instead of a simple ceramic holder, you place your incense cone in a waterfall-like ceramic holder. They look mesmerizing, and with the smoke from burning the cone, they truly are perfect for decoration. You can find various designs, but they are generally using Asian symbols, dragons or lotuses.

The main idea is to create a relaxing atmosphere, which can be used for meditation, yoga, or just at the end of a long and tiring day. Simply put, they are not only used for the fragrance, but for this calming effect as well.

Apart from the more specific incense holder, they also require a different type of incense cone. The reason behind it is that in case of the waterfall holder, the smoke flows down instead of rising into the air.

This is why these special cones are called backflow cones. So, in order for you to create this amazing waterfall effect, you will need to use backflow cones.

How to get backflow cones to work?

In order for you to use backflow cones properly, you need to know the differences between them and the basic ones. That difference is the fact that backflow cones are drilled through from the bottom.

This simple solution allows the smoke to stream down the hole instead of rising upwards. Sadly, this difference also means that backflow cones are not going to burn as long as regular ones.

Due to them being hollow, they will most likely burn for around 15 minutes. The good news is, that they do produce a lot thicker smoke, so the visual of them is simply amazing.

When it comes to lighting and using backflow cones, they work pretty much the same as regular ones. The only difference is that you have to pay more attention when you place it in the holder.

The reason is that the hole of the incense cone should align with the hole in the holder itself. Otherwise, the incense and the smoke flow will be blocked. The good news is that apart from placing it, you should light and use it according to the same principals as written above.

Make sure to let it burn for long enough to see the orange glow on the tip before blowing it out.

Lastly, it is also a valid question whether you can use regular incense cones in these backflow waterfalls. The answer is simply no. As the holders are specifically designed to have this amazing effect with the smoke streaming down, a simple incense cone would not provide the same overall result.

What to pay attention to with incense cones?

Regardless of whether we talk about regular cones or backflow cones, there are a few precautions and aspects you have to pay attention to. First of all, like with any other flame and burning process, you have to be cautious about any fire hazards.

That means, you should put it away from any flammable surface and surrounding. Also, it is important to have a proper and good quality holder. Furthermore, when it comes to waterfall incense in particular, it is best to put it somewhere with no draft. This is important so you can truly enjoy that waterfall effect.

Apart from placing it properly, you also have to pay attention to lighting it the right way. As mentioned above, it is important to light it carefully and wait around 15-30 seconds before blowing it out. This is to ensure that it actually started properly burning, thus creating proper smoke and fragrance.


As you can see from this article, incense cones – both regular and backflow – are great for creating a strong fragrance and an amazing atmosphere in your home. When you find your favourite scents and the right burner, starting using it shouldn’t be a problem at all.