How To Burn Cone Incense

8/28/2010 by WiccanWay.com


  • Take the cone and set it in a heatproof container, such as an incense censer or an ashtray, with the point facing up. (Try to avoid a glass container, as the bottom of the cone can get pretty hot.)

  • Light the narrowest end of the cone incense with a match, or candle. Let the fire burn for about 10 seconds, then blow it, or fan it, until the flame goes out. The end of the cone should still be lit, but with no fire on the top.

  • The cone should begin to smolder, letting out a fragrant smoke. The cone must smolder, NOT flame, or you will only get a charcoal/fire type of fragrance. This is the main reason people complain that the incense smells bad, or only burns for 3 minutes. The fire MUST be out! If you let your cone incense smolder properly, your cone will probably burn for an average of 20-30 minutes.

  • Known Issues For Cones - If your cone incense goes out, it is usually because there is not enough oxygen to keep it burning. If your cones are not getting enough air and the incense burner has a lid, try removing that lid to give your cone more oxygen. This is especially true, if you live in a cooler climate and it is wintertime, some cones will go out, if burned in covered containers during this time. Also, the cone's ability to burn may also depend on how much moisture the cones have been exposed to. Sometimes really fresh incense still has oil residue in the cones. If that's the case, you may need to dry them out a bit before using. And don't forget to store your incense in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight when you're not using them.
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