Backflow Incense Cones: What They Are and How to Use Them



Whether you’re new to the world of incense or an experienced user, backflow incense cones can take your incense burning experience to the next level. We’ll explain what backflow incense is, how to use it, and why we think you should give it a shot.

What are backflow incense cones?

Most people are familiar with traditional sticks of incense. Incense in stick form is lit at the top of the stick and as it burns down the smoke from the stick rises. They are simple to use and are the primary form of incense burned by most people.

Backflow incense cones on the other hand are just what the name suggests. They are cones of incense with a hole in the middle. When lit, the smoke will flow down through the hole, and fall towards the ground for a beautiful visual display.


What is backflow incense cones made of?

Similar to the stick form, backflow incense cones are made of aromatic materials that are combustible and produce a scent. Some of the common ingredients used in incense are cinnamon, myrrh, sandalwood, patchouli, frankincense, and many others.

Backflow incense cones also contain a binding agent to help them hold their shape. The cone shape that results is solid while remaining somewhat pliable. Slight separation between the ingredients results in the smoothest burn possible. If they are packed too tightly, they have trouble remaining lit for an easy incense session.

How do you use backflow incense cones?

To light backflow incense cones, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need before getting started. Don’t worry; there are only 3 things you’ll need to get going.

You’ll need:

  1. Lighter: Any lighter will work, but we recommend using a long-necked lighter like a grill or fireplace lighter for their ease of use and hand distance from the flame.
  2. Backflow incense cones: This one is pretty straightforward! Backflow incense cones are available in most of the traditional scents, so go for your favorite.
  3. Backflow incense holder: An incense holder designed specifically for backflow incense will be needed to get the full effect of backflow incense. There are beautiful holders that produce waterfall effects, and ones that let the smoke fall down multiple paths and ledges along the way. Take a look online for some cool options.

Lighting the cone

Take your incense cone in one hand, and use your lighter to light the narrower side of the cone. This is the top of the cone. Lighting the bottom of the cone will not allow you to set it down properly. Once the top 30% of your cone is glowing red hot, blow out the flame and let the fragrance begin to release.


Placing the cone and enjoying

Take your cone, and place the unburnt end down on your incense holder. Ensure that it’s evenly lit, and that the smoke is going down where it is intended. Often, the backflow incense holders will have a place for the smoke to pool and swirl around.

Give them a try!

If you like incense, and haven’t had the opportunity to use backflow incense, you’re missing out. Watching the smoke fall down can keep you occupied for quite a long time! Especially if you have a cool holder.

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