Zen Collective: Waterfall Backflow Incense Burner and special incense cones

Welcome to your one stop shop to learn everything you need to know about incense and buying high quality incense burners and backflow incense cones.

incense guide: what are incense and how to use them

Did you know that incense burning and practices have been used for hundreds of years? Incense have been around since ancient times as it was used in religious ceremony or rituals dating back to ancient Egypt, Greece, China, and Babylon. Over the centuries and now current day, people around the world have used incense for a variety reasons such as:

  • Religious or ceremonial offerings in their spiritual practice.
  • A way to cleanse the atmosphere of evil spirits and repel demons.
  • Remedy to counteract bad or foul odors by acting as a simple deodorant.

So what exactly are incense and what are they made of?

Incense is typically made up of an aromatic biotic, which are typically plant-based and can include a variety of resins, barks, seeds, roots, and flowers and often combined with essential oils to give off a pleasurable aroma when burned. The specific ingredients used in incense can vary by region as well as manufacturer. In fact, the word "incense" is derived from the Latin word meaning "to burn".

Some common aromatic ingredients that you may recognize from incense include:

  • sandalwood
  • cinnamon
  • patchouli
  • frankincense
  • myrrh
  • lavender 

Incense can be molded into various shapes such as incense sticks, incense cones, coil, powder, and our personal favorite which are backflow incense cones. 

These backflow incense cones are unique because of the way they are made. Just like traditionally rolled incense cones, these backflow cones are made with a hollow chamber in the center of the cone. This chamber is significant because it allows the smoke to be drawn inwards when burning instead of flowing upwards. This results in a mesmerizing downpour effect that many refers to as waterfall incense cones because it looks like the smoke is flowing down a stream like a waterfall. 

How to burn incense?

This will different depending on the types of incense you have. Incense can generally be separated into two types. "Direct-burning" and "Indirect-burning". The two differs in their composition as well as personal preference when using them.


Also referred to as "non-combustible incense", is an aromatic material such as resins that do not contain combustible material and so requires a separate heat source. These incense often come in powered or granulated form making it ideal to burn directly in raw form on top of a heat source, hot metal plate, or special incense burner.


Often referred to as "combustible incense", these are incense that is lit directly by flame. This is the most common way that incense are used and they are often burned in incense sticks, cones, or coils. 

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Incense Sticks: These can be burned by using a lighter or flame from a candle and holding the tip of the incense over the flame for 3-5 seconds. If your incense stick catches on fire, be sure to fan the stick a bit with your hand to put out the flame. The incense stick will still burn and will last anywhere from 5 minutes up to 90 or so depending on the length of the stick.

how to burn incense sticks the proper way

Incense Cones: Incense cones can be burned by putting a flame source to the top of the cone. Usually the larger flat bottom base will be the bottom where the cone sits. The cones should be light from the top as it will burn from the smallest tip down towards the base.

How to burn pagoda cone incense

Incense Coils: Incense coils are shaped like a spiral. When it comes to lighting an incense coil, you should light the coil from the outer tip/ring and allow the incense to burn inwards. coil incense cone holder

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