What to Burn the Incense On
When backflow incense cones
burn some of the smoke goes downwards, creating an unusual and beautiful effect. The smoke goes downwards because the cones have a hole at the base, so they are only suitable for using with a backflow incense burner
, which come in many different designs and sizes. The burner will have a platform near the top with a small hole, the hole of the cone will need to be placed directly over this hole so the smoke can backflow, otherwise it will burn like a normal incense cone.
Where to Burn the Incense
Your backflow incense burner should be placed on a flat, heat-proof surface away from children and animals; and away from anything flammable, such as curtains, lampshades, or paper. The room needs to be well ventilated, but burn the incense away from drafty areas or open windows. This is especially important with backflow cones as the effect requires a still environment. The smoke can cause a light oil residue, so the burner will need placing on a wipe clean surface.
Lighting the Incense
Use a match or lighter to light the tip of the cone until it has a flame when you take the match or lighter away. After a few seconds if the cone still has a flame blow it out, and watch for the tip to glow orange. If the tip looks dark try to relight it until the tip is orange when left alone.
New incense cones can be a little more oily than desired. You could use a paper towel to gently blot the incense cone to remove any excess oil or moisture so that the cone will burn well.
Using the Incense
Never leave burning incense unattended. The backflow cone will continue to burn from the tip down to the bottom. Burning times vary between different makes and sizes of cone. It will burn out on its own once it's completely finished. A finished incense cone may still be hot, so it should be left to cool before disposing of the ash.
After the incense has burned there may be some light residue on the burner. This is normal and is caused by the natural oil precipitate. Use a wet cloth to remove the residue should you wish to clean the burner.