Basics of Using Backflow Incense Cones

You're probably familiar with the traditional incense sticks that your grandma would always have burning in the house when you went to visit. Normally, the incense is in stick form and the smoke travels upwards. Incense also comes in cone form, with the only difference being the burn time and aesthetic. The nice thing about incense cones is they keep their ashes nice and tidy, compared to incense sticks which drop their ashes anywhere they want.

Moving forward to our backflow incense cones and burners. Backflow incense cones send incense smoke downwards and are specifically designed to be used with Backflow Incense Burners. This is because our incense cones have a hole at the base which allow for the downward smoke effect, hence 'backflow incense cones'. When you light one of our waterfall burners, the smoke cascades down the carved waterfall like liquid, creating an evocative steam of incense, perfect for stress reduction and meditation.

To ensure that you are getting the most out of your backflow incense burner, we wanted to go over the proper lighting technique and safety tips. 


Lighting a Bacfkow Incense Cone

First, light the tip of the backflow incense cone, and allow the top to get glowing hot (allow 4 - 8 seconds of burning before blowing out flame).

Next, blow out the flame and allow the fragrance to release.

Finally place the cone on top of the waterfall burner directly above the hole. It will take about about 1 minute for the backflow smoke effect to start.


Lighting an incense cone

Refer to the video demonstration below on placing the cone.



Additional Benefits of Burning Incense

  • Calm the mind and body
  • Soothing away tension and help with stress
  • Increase focus and creativity
  • Helps foster inner strength


Burning Incense Safety Tips

Although burning incense is a great way to relive stress and relax, its important to be aware of certain safety tips. 

  • Incense is hot when lit, so its important to always use caution.
  • Keep your burner away from drapes, or any flammable objects. 
  • Keep incense out of the reach of small children or pets.
  • Let fresh air into your environment while you're burning incense. 

Burning Incense in the same room as your Dog or Cat

Since dogs and cats have more sensitive noses than humans do, its important that you have some sort of air movement in the room. If the weather is nice, you can have a window cracked.

To reiterate from earlier, make sure your incense is out of reach of your pets. Pets usually don't know better, so just be sure that you don't leave any incense on the floor.



Only burn trusted incense that use natural ingredients, and be cautious of rainbow colored incense cones (or any colors not normally found in nature). Our incense cones are hand-dipped and made in the US. We take pride in our incense cones and make sure all the ingredients are natural and smell just as good on the cone as when burning.

For more info on our backflow incense burners and cones, see our blog section

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