A Short Guide to Using Incense Cones


A Short Guide to Using Incense Cones


Incense cones emit pungent aromatic fragrances that enhance the scent of a room, particularly during yoga practice and meditation. Cone incense has been crafted from a mixture of essential oil and powder, providing a rich scent and texture. However, using cone incense is not as easy as lighting a candle and leaving it to burn. A few extra steps and pieces of information are essential for achieving the best result when burning incense cones. Here is a short guide to using incense cones.

Types Of Incense Cones

Generally, incense cones come in a similar shape. They are hardened and conical, and similar to sticks, they are available in various fragrances that use various ingredients. However, you can choose between the backflow and standard incense cones. The main difference between these two incense cones is that the standard incense cones produce smoke from the top while the backflow incense cones release it from the bottom. The backflow incense cones need special backflow incense burners. These burners are more appealing and aesthetic to look at and create smoke that cascades down the incense burner. The backflow incense burners have many types, and they are excellent for aromatherapy. You can also use them to enhance your home décor when not burning and very easy to clean up.

How Do Incense Cones Work?

Incense smoke usually is denser than the standard air because it has small smoke particles. When you light standard incense corn, the smoke flows upward because hot air is lighter than the air at room temperature. However, in a backflow incense cone, the smoke travels via the hollow tunnel, cooling down through the hollow path. After cooling, it becomes denser than normal air and comes out through the bottom of the cone downwards.  Here are some steps you need to know:

Step 1

Incense cones are readily available in many department stores, including trade shows and fairs. The cones are about an inch tall and feature more than one fragrance, such as Patchouli, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, and Dragon’s Blood. Choose an incense burner big enough to hold the incense cone as the sizes and shape of the incense holder and cones vary. If the burner base can fit several fingers and the base is bowl-shaped, it has room for catching ash from a lit incense cone.

Step 2

Put a small amount of dry uncooked rice or sand at the bottom of the burner. Lay it evenly so that the cone will sit stably and flat on top. The components will help enhance the airflow in your burner while also conducting lesser heat throughout the base and surface of the burner. Set the burner on a non-flammable platform such as a stone countertop or ceramic tile, away from combustible materials.

Step 3

Light the tip of the incense cone with a lighter or matches. You can also light the tip of the cone using an already lit candle. Allow the flame to light for five to ten seconds and then extinguish the flame, blow it out or fan it with paper. When the large flame disappears, the tip of the incense cone should continue having an orange glow. Therefore, if the incense tip looks dark when you blow out the flame, relight it until the tip stays orange when you leave it.

Step 4

Once you blow out the large flame, it will result in a wafting spiral of smoke from the top of the cone as it starts to burn. Place the cone in the burner carefully and put the burner lid on top if possible. Leave the incense to burn down to produce a rich aroma until you are content with the aroma in the room.

Troubleshooting Your Cone Incense

Blow out the flame after 10 minutes

To start with, you should blow out the flame if it does not go out ten seconds after lighting it. An incense cone with a solid flame produces a less pleasant and smokier smell. If you light the cone and the flame continues after 10 seconds, blow it out until the incense corn tip becomes orange.

Provide more oxygen to the incense corn

Next, if the incense orange smoldering tip goes out quickly, it might be because of a lack of sufficient oxygen. To prevent this, you can give more oxygen to the incense cone. This can be done by removing the lid to give more air to the corn. When you supply it with more oxygen, you can relight the cone if needed.

Dry off the incense cone off the excess oil

New incense cones are often oilier than you want. You can hence consider drying the cone off using a paper towel. Use the paper towel to blot the incense cone gently and eliminate any excess moisture or oil so that the incense corn will burn well.

Keep the incense away from open windows

Another potential reason your incense cone might not stay lit is that you place it in a breezy place. Hence, you should light your cone away from open windows and other high airflow areas. Ensure the incense cone is not situated in an open-air vent.

Words Of Caution

There are a few things you require to take care of when dealing with combustible things, such as incense cones. These include;

  • Always place the incense on a non-flammable and heat-resistant surface.
  • Keep the incense cones away from pets and kids and never leave them unattended.
  • Avoid touching the ashes immediately after the incense has gone out. This should be the same case with the burner. Leave them to cool down for several minutes.

How Long Does Incense Cones Burn?

Most individuals believe that the incense cone lasts longer. This is not always the case; an incense cone is shaped disproportionately and is broader at the bottom. This may help in the burning process, but it does not entirely disperse the smoke around the room consistently. Most types of incense extinguish themselves once they have burnt. Each incense cone can burn up to 25 to 30 minutes on average.

Bottom Line

Incense cones provide you with many practical uses and benefits. We hope you can now burn incense corns more efficiently and safely with our short step-by-step guide. Generally, you will enjoy your incense for about 20 to 30 minutes. Keep in mind that incense cones often produce more smoke than other types of incense, and it will burn out on its own when it is finished.

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