How To Burn Incense Cones

  1. What Are the Benefits of Incense Cones?
  2. What Are the Types of Incense Cones?
  3. Step-by-Step Guide on How To Use Incense Cones
  4. Safety Use of Incense Cones
  5. FAQ

Incense cones are used in rituals and ceremonies, enhancing the energy of spaces and crystals. Burning these cones releases fragrant smoke that can purify and energize your environment.

Incense cones differ from sage and incense sticks in shape, burn time, and smoke production. They are compact, cone-shaped items made from a mixture of aromatic materials that, when lit, produce a potent and concentrated fragrance.

When compared with sage, the main difference between incense cones and sage is their composition. Sage is raw natural plant material, while incense cones are made from various aromatic ingredients.

Incense sticks are similar in composition to incense cones but differ in shape, with sticks producing a more dispersed aroma and typically burning for longer. 

In this article, we will explore the unique properties of incense cones.

What Are the Benefits of Incense Cones?

burning incense cones in different colors

Incense cones produce a more concentrated fragrance and often burn more cleanly than sage and incense sticks, resulting in less smoke and residue. They work through combustion, which releases the aromatic compounds in the cone, creating a fragrant and cleansing smoke.

The best time to use incense cones is to cleanse a space, remove negative energies, or charge crystals. The smoke from incense cones can also help purify and energize crystals, allowing them to absorb and radiate positive energy. 

Incense cones are generally safe to use if they are burned in a well-ventilated area and on a fireproof surface. However, keeping them out of reach of children and pets is essential, and never leave them unattended while burning.

Below is a table listing the pros and cons of using incense cones:

graphic designed table about the pros and cons of using incense cones

What Are the Types of Incense Cones?

Incense cones are small, cone-shaped objects consisting of aromatic materials, such as herbs, resins, woods, and essential oils. They mainly occur in two shapes – the standard conical-formed cone and the backflow incense cone.

What is a Conical Incense Cone?

a burning Incense cone placed on a dish

An incense cone is a compact, conical-shaped form of incense designed to release fragrant smoke when lit. One of the key benefits of incense cones over other forms of incense, such as sticks or coils, is their efficient and clean burn. 

The conical shape allows for a more consistent fragrance release, ensuring a steady and even scent diffusion throughout a room. Incense cones can create more ash than incense sticks, but produce less scattered ash, resulting in less mess and easier cleanup. 

What is a Backflow Incense Cone?

burning backflow incense cone on a lotus flower incense plate with 5 tiny candles

Backflow incense cones are specifically designed for use with backflow incense burners. These cones have a hollow center, which allows the smoke to flow downward rather than rise upward, like traditional incense. 

When used with a backflow burner, the smoke cascades down the burner, creating a mesmerizing waterfall effect. This captivating visual display can enhance the ambiance of your space and provide a more immersive sensory experience. 

While backflow incense cones share similar aromatic properties with regular incense cones, their primary benefit is the stunning visual effect they create when paired with a compatible burner.

Step-by-Step Guide on How To Use Incense Cones

3 burning incense cones on a white dish

Using incense cones is a simple process that requires minimal supplies and preparation. In this guide, we will explain how to use incense cones.

Supplies, Tools, and Equipment Needed

  • Incense cones
  • Incense burner or fireproof dish
  • Lighter or matches
  • Tongs or tweezers (optional)
  • Ashtray or container for ash disposal

Direct Method

  1. Choose a well-ventilated area to burn your incense cone, preferably away from drafts, flammable materials, and sensitive smoke detectors.
  2. Place your incense burner or fireproof dish on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
  3. It is important to know how to light an incense cone on the correct end. Hold the incense cone by its base and light the tip using a lighter or match.
  4. Allow the tip of the incense cone to burn for approximately 10 to 15 seconds.
  5. Gently blow out the flame, allowing the incense cone to smolder and release fragrant smoke.
  6. Carefully place the smoldering incense cone on the incense burner or fireproof dish, ensuring it is adequately supported and secure.
  7. Enjoy the aroma and ambiance created by the incense cone, constantly monitoring it closely to prevent any fire hazards.
  8. Once the incense cone has burned completely and cooled, use tongs or tweezers to collect the remaining cone pieces and ash, placing them in an ashtray or container.
  9. Dispose of the ash responsibly and clean the incense burner or dish as needed.

Indirect Method

For those who prefer a less intense fragrance or wish to avoid the direct burning of incense cones, an indirect method can be used:

  1. Fill a heat-resistant dish or container with sand, salt, or rice.
  2. Place the incense cone on top of the sand, salt, or rice, ensuring it is stable and secure.
  3. Light a small tea light or unscented candle and place it next to the incense cone.
  4. The heat from the candle will gently warm the incense cone, releasing its fragrance without direct combustion.
  5. Monitor the setup closely to prevent fire hazards and extinguish the candle once the desired aroma intensity is achieved.
  6. Properly dispose of any remaining incense cone material and clean the dish or container as needed.

Safety Use of Incense Cones

To ensure the safe use of incense cones, follow these safety practices:

  1. Always burn incense cones in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Keep incense cones away from flammable materials, such as curtains and fabrics.
  3. Use a proper incense burner or fireproof dish to hold the incense cone.
  4. Place the incense burner or container on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
  5. Never leave burning incense cones unattended.
  6. Keep incense cones and burners out of reach of children and pets.
  7. Extinguish the incense cone if you notice excessive smoke or an unpleasant smell.
  8. Be cautious if you have respiratory sensitivities or allergies, as incense smoke can irritate.
  9. Responsibly dispose of incense cone ash and clean the incense burner or dish as needed.


  • What are incense cones that smell good?

Incense cones that smell good are Rose, Sandalwood, Lavender, Jasmine, and Patchouli. 

  • What are incense cone holders?

Incense cone holders are designed to hold and burn incense cones safely. They can be made of ceramic, metal, or wood and come in different styles and designs.

  • Are incense cones bad for you?

No, incense cones are generally safe to use but may cause respiratory irritation for some individuals, particularly those with allergies or sensitivities. 

  • Are incense cones safe?

Yes, incense cones are safe when used responsibly. 

  • Which is better: incense cones or sticks?

Neither incense cones nor sticks are better, as each produces a different type of smoke and fragrance. Incense cones produce concentrated fragrance and burn more cleanly, while sticks have a dispersed aroma and longer burn time.

  • What are backflow incense cones that smell good?

Sandalwood, Lavender, and Jasmine backflow incense cones smell very good.

  • What incense was given to Jesus?

Frankincense was one of the gifts given to Jesus, along with gold and myrrh.

  • Why do Catholics burn incense? 

Catholics burn incense during certain religious ceremonies and rituals to symbolize prayer, purification, and sanctification. For example, the fragrant smoke of incense carries prayers to heaven and purifies the atmosphere, creating a sacred space.

  • What are the benefits of burning incense?

The benefits of burning incense include creating a calming and soothing atmosphere, promoting relaxation, and reducing stress. Incense does great work in improving a sense of peace and balance.

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