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What to Burn the Incense On 
Incense cones produce a lot of heat, so they should to be burnt on a suitable ash catcher. These come in many different designs and sizes, but if you don't have an ash catcher you can use another container which can safely contain the heat, such as an ashtray or ceramic bowl. When using this method you should spread about a 1cm thick layer of sand on the bottom to help distribute the heat. Make sure you position the cone so it doesn't fall over, with the flat, wider part of the cone in the middle of the ash catcher and the thin tip facing upwards. Boxes of cones often come with a small metal disk to burn the incense on. 
 
Where to Burn the Incense 
Your incense holder 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. 
 
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. 
 
If the orange tip goes out it may be that the cone isn't getting enough oxygen. If your incense holder has a lid, remove the lid to give the cone more air and try relighting. 
 
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 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. Be aware that incense cones often give off more smoke than other types of incense. A finished incense cone may still be hot, so it should be left to cool before disposing of the ash. 
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