How to use Incense Burner - A Step by Step Process [With Images]

It's without a doubt that incense burners are like the magical force on earth. With their waterfall-type enchanting effect and beautiful aromatic fragrance - They can sure refresh your mind!

Available in a variety of different colors and shapes, an incense burner is perfect to have in your personal space or to be used as a gift on its own. If you've recently bought an incense burner or are looking forward to buying one, in this post we've explained how you can properly use it the right way.

What is an Incense Burner and Why they are so magical?

Incense Cones

Incense burners are made from ceramic material designed to operate with circular incense cones. These cones come with a hole in the bottom, which gets aligned with the base of the burner. As a result, the combined effect of both incense cones and sticks offers us our magical waterfall cloud effect.

Incense burners are available in a lot of different shapes and sizes. The most basic of them all is the backflow incense burner, which as per its name, produces a backflow style incense cloud.

Apart from this, we have the dragon incense burner which produces the magical cloud from its mouth, resin incense burner, and a variety of other exciting shapes.

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How to use a Backflow Incense Burner?

As mentioned previously, a backflow incense burner comes with a unique style of circular incense cones. All cones are designed to work with each specific model so make sure you have compatible cones.

Despite its unique form-factor and attractive design, it is very easy to light a backflow incense burner. Here's a step-by-step process on how to do this.

Step 1: Choose an Idle location for the burner

This is very important step as the cloud smoke of incense burner can easily fade away if there’s air present. For best results, light one up in door, making sure that there’s no air present in the room.

Even a small amount of air from the vents or the windows can disturb the waterfall effect.

Smooth surface

The next thing to consider is to place your burner at a smooth surface. You can use it as a decoration item and place it on your coffee table, drawing room, or whatever place you seem to like.

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Step 2: Light the Incense Cone

Hold incense cone of your choice with a tweezer. Grab a matchbox or a gas lighter and light the top of the incense cone. Make sure you light it for 5-10 seconds (until you see fire on the cone).

Light the incense cones

Once done, just blow out the fire from the cone. The cone will automatically produce the incense smoke. If you don’t see the smoke, light the cone again.

Note: Take care of your fingers when you're lighting the cones. Keep out from the reach of children and don't let them anywhere near the flame. Do this on your own with proper care.

Incense cone in fire

Step 3: Place the Cone on the Burner

Now place the cone on the base of the incense burner. There's no general rule of thumb as to where you have to place the cones. Normally, it is mentioned on the product package.  Normally, there’s a hole designed at the surface, where you have to place it. You’ll know it when you see it.


And that’s pretty much it, how you use an incense burner. While you’re at it, learn how to light incense sticks and some troubleshoot tips for burners.

How to use Incense Sticks

The working mechanism for both incense cones and sticks are the same. The only difference is that there’s no special circular base for incense sticks as they are very thin. You can place them anywhere you like.

Note: Some incense burner comes with a dedicated section where you can place incense sticks.

  • Hold the stick in one hand
  • Light the tip of the incense stick with your other hand
  • Wait for 5-10 seconds to let the fire catch the sticks
  • Blow it out once you see white cloud smoke
  • Place the sticks on the place you like and enjoy
Incense sticks

Some Safety Tips for Incense Burner

  • Place your incense burner at a smooth and stable surface
  • Make sure that it's not placed at a location where children or pets can easily reach them
  • For best results, make sure that there's no air present in the room
  • Make sure that the curtains or any fabric is at a safe distance


The Final Verdict

Incense burner is a perfect way to relax and rejuvenate your mind. Not only does it provide a sense of sensation, but it also uplifts your soul and bring new creative ideas. Light one up when you’re doing any productive work and see the wonders.

And the best part is, using incense burners is very easy. Let us know if you have any question and we'll answer it in the comment section. Meanwhile, you can check our Incense Burner Collection, we have some amazing collections in stock.

Incense Burner Troubleshoot Questions

Are all incense cones compatible with burners?

In general, all the circular cones are compatible with each backflow incense burner model. However, for the best optimal results, make sure to buy the cones from the same place where you get the burner.

Why I can't see the Waterfall smoke?

You will not see the Waterfall effect if there's air present in the room, the cones are not aligned with the circular base, or the cones are not burned well.

How long does the incense burner last?

An incense stick will last anywhere from 15-20 minutes. The duration of the effect is also depended on how much air is present in the room.

Can I reuse incense cones?

If the cones are not fully burned you can reuse them.

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